1935, dir. Abram
Room A young communist, Grisha, falls in love with a woman married to a rich, world-famous surgeon. Written by one of the great Soviet modernist writers, Yury Olesha, the love triangle brings bourgeois and communist ideologies into collision – exploring what it is to be young in a new society.
Banned for deviating from socialist realism and discovered only in the ’60s, this unconventional film veers towards the surreal at times. Chiselled communist athletes laze before classical statues and architecture, discussing the new morals set by the Soviet Revolution.
Vilnus-born Abram Room was a founding father of Soviet Cinema along with the likes of Eisenstein, Kuleshov. Whereas his early works were driven by the avant-garde, his later films move towards more conventionally formed narrative, offering profoundly insight on social change.