Sat 4 Dec

Portrait of a Stranger

Cert. tbc

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Russian Film Week

Портрет незнакомца

107 mins

In Russian with EN subs

RUS | 2020 | dir. Sergey Osipyan with Yuriy Butorin, Galina Tyunina, Kirill Pirogov, Kseniya Kutepova, Polina Kutepova, Evgeniy Tsyganov | 16+

Moscow, 1974. Oleg is almost forty. He is an actor with a charming smile, tired look, and rich mellow voice. His artistic life is no success, he is not much wanted either in the theatre or in the movies. Oleg has to work at the radio station, where he plays a Soviet spy in an endless radio series. His character lives undercover in the US, passing himself off as an oil tycoon. This play is Oleg’s only paid job. The day the play is interrupted by the station chief, Oleg’s wife dumps him. These two ordinary events lead to a chain of unexpected turns. Oleg meets the playwright, who makes him write the play further; he starts an affair with the playwright’s girlfriend and gets the main part in some movies. But in no time Oleg loses it all, ending up an enemy of state.

Sat 4 Dec 6pm

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