Sat 9 - Sat 30 May

Red Front: 75 Years of Russian War Cinema

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Festivals & Series

Celebrating VE Day

The season includes rarely screened and remarkable recent and classic titles from great directors of Russian language cinema including famed directors Aleksei Germann and Andrei Konchalovsky, contemporary director Sergei Loznitsa, female director Tatyana Lioznovag, as well as Yuri Norstein, widely considered to the be greatest animator of all time.
Each film will be accompanied by specially commissioned programme notes and recorded introductions and / or podcasts with the filmmakers or experts in film.

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Trial on the Road (Aleksei German, 1971)

German’s solo directorial debut, took a philosophical approach to the Soviet usage of “heroes” and “traitors.” Due to its controversial depiction of Soviet soldiers, Trial on the Road was banned for 15 years.

Tale of Tales (Yuri Norstein, 1979)

This critically acclaimed animation film has been named numerously as the greatest animated film of all time. Tale of Tales is made up of sequences whose primary theme is war, with a particular emphasis on the enormous losses suffered on the Eastern Front during World War II.

In the Fog (Sergei Loznitsa, 2012)

This FIPRESCI winner and Palme d’or contender is set in 1942 in Belarus during the German occupation and is an “intense, slow-burning and haunting drama.”

17 Moments of Spring (Tatyana Lioznova, 1973)

Boasting a score by Mikael Tariverdiev, this twelve-part television series follows the exploits of a Soviet spy operating in Nazi Germany. It is considered the most successful Soviet espionage thriller ever made, and one of the most popular television series in Soviet history.

Paradise (Andrei Konchalovsky, 2016)

Built around the intertwining destinies of three main characters during WWII, Paradise was selected as the Russian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards, with Konchalovsky winning the Silver Lion for Best Director at Venice.

Ordinary Fascism (Mikhail Romm, 1965)

This documentary uses annotated excerpts of archival film and a unique use of editing to describe the rise and fall of fascism all over Europe.

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