Film Season: Generations, Russian Cinema Of Change

Defiant, expressive and electric, this season of cult and landmark films charts an extraordinary century of change in Russia.

The world’s largest country has undergone profound upheaval in recent history. Through it all, film has played an important role. This season explores the shifting forms of self-expression, independence and defiance through Russia’s seismic cycles of reinvention.


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Wednesday 26 September 2018

Barbican

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It’s Not The Time of My Life


A young family with their five-year-old son returns to Hungary after a year spent in Scotland where, contrary to their expectations, they weren’t able to settle down, and now in the need for shelter are paying an unexpected visit to their relatives in the middle of the night. It soon becomes clear that the two families had never really been in tune with one another while they share same feeling of unhappiness with their circumstances on its own way.

It’s Not The Time of My Life is an uncompromising intimate and ironic study of two young families where the basic human need for closeness with others and all attempts to express it fails and often creates sad and funny situations that can be found at almost every family.

 

“When we talk about ourselves we talk about other people too as our problems are familiar and relationships and the experience of raising the kids is mostly the same. We only mirror the problems on our own refined way.” (Director’s statement)

 Initiated as a theatre play and adapted to a film, this story has been filmed in one authentic apartment by 13 of Hajdu’s films school students and they share the credit for its cinematography. Belonging to the same generation of film making talent as Mundruczó, Pálfi and Fliegauf, Szabolcs Hajdu delivers the story of a family whose painful, naked truths and relationships unravel in front of us in a tragic-comic manner that draws faithfully on the work of Cassavetes and Bergman.

Manchester Premiere + Introduction

Monday 10 September 2018

8.40pm

HOME MCR

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Generations: Goodbye Boys

Soviet Union, 1964, dir.Mikhail Kalik

A masterpiece commenting on the ill-fated futures of a group of boys on the eve of the WWII, from one of the great lost names in Soviet cinema.

Poetic opening scenes of summer days by the seaside portray three young friends blissfully sinking into shimmering water, completely naive of forthcoming events that will change their world forever. As the boys learn they must fight in World War II, they talk of defending the Motherland, and bid farewell to their parents.


One of the ‘unrehabilitated’ Soviet directors, Mikhail Kalik juxtaposes images of innocent youth against documentary footage of war atrocities, violent destruction and concentration camps.

The score, written by the much-loved Soviet composer Mikael Tariverdiev, sparkles from the opening scenes; its light-hearted tone takes us through the story of young friends and the difficult journey ahead of them.

For this specially commissioned performance, London-based singer-songwriter Douglas Dare will perform a new musical work inspired by Tariverdiev’s score on piano.