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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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.

Generations: The Student

2016, dir. Kirill Serebrennikov

Rebellion not through dress or music, but by strictly following the religious text.

Set in contemporary Russia, a high school student becomes convinced the world has been lost to evil. He rebels not through dress or music – but by interpreting the Bible’s code of conduct as rigidly as possible.

His strict orthodoxy comes up against various forces, including the high school’s priest and his biology teacher – a young woman who advocates liberalism and sexual education at school. As the conflict between them develops, things become not as they seem.

Based on a recent play by German dramatist Marius von MayenburgThe Student allegorically depicts how the once persecuted Russian Orthodox Church has gained new power and become a defining characteristic of Russian identity, following the collapse of the Soviet Union.


Currently under house arrest for allegations of masterminding a fraud involving state funding, Kirill Serebrennikov is one of the most prominent theatre directors, founder of The Gogol Centre (Russia’s leading avant-garde theatre in Moscow).

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Thursday 27 September 2018

18:20

Barbican

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