The Countdown Begins!

A Spectre is Haunting Russia ::                                                                                                                    History and Cinema

Doc’s been away for a stretch, and is ready as ever to get back into his pointless reviews.  He’s excited to announce that he will be attending the upcoming Russian Film Symposium 2018.  The symposium, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh,  will kick off on 30 April 2018 and over the course of six days, will present twelve Russian films, each bookended by an introduction and a post-screening discussion by film scholars from Russia, the UK, and the US, and two roundtables for the participants to continue debating the issues raised during the discussions at the film panels and to examine the overall topic for the symposium.

During the week and immediately afterward, Doc will be providing reviews of each film and some of the thoughts captured from the audience and panel members voiced in the discussions.  It might be fun.  Doc’s really looking forward to it.

As a bit of a tease, here’s the list of films being screened; clicking the English title will bring you to the trailer for that particular film (in Russian, without subtitles).  Clicking the Russian title will bring you to the IMDB page, where available.

I’m most excited to see Matilda, which was threatened with banning and reportedly triggered a number of arson attacks in Moscow, St Petersburg, and Yekaterinburg from August to September 2017.  I’m equally psyched to see Loveless, directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev (director of the remarkable Leviathan); this dark film took the Jury Prize in Cannes in 2017, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2018 Academy Awards.  Hell, who am I kidding?  I can’t wait to sink my teeth into all twelve.  See you around that time!  In the meantime, I’ll be posting a scattered review here and there of what’s been on Doc’s bookshelf.


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