Russia

Georgiy Daneliya – Oryol i Reshka AKA Heads and Tails (1995)

To earn money for married life, a young engaged man takes a job as an engineer on a privately operated oil drilling rig in the far North of Russia. A friend’s letter brings the sad news that his fiancée has already married someone else and in desperation he quits his job and flies back to Moscow. There all his vast efforts to win her back seem in vain… Read More »

Stanislav Govorukhin – Voroshilovskiy strelok AKA The Rifleman of the Voroshilov Regiment (1999)

A very typical post-Soviet era storyline. Three young men lured an innocent teenage girl to their apartment, offered her a drink, intimidated then gang raped her. Local cops are incapable to undertake an adequate action against the scoundrels – prevented by the superior chief of the local police (militia) which is the dad of one the scumbags. The case is closed. The girl’s grand-dad tired of endless circumlocution decides to take revenge of his own. Read More »

Aleksandr Petrov – Moya Lyubov aka My Love (2006)

Synopsis:
Moya lyubov (My Love) is the latest breathtaking animation by Aleksandr Petrov, using his conventional technique of paint-on-glass, a very painstaking and time consuming technique (Moya Lyubov took 5 years to make) but also a very rewarding one, always a visual treat. Based on “A Love Story” (1927) by Ivan Shmelyov, it tells the story of Anton, a sixteen year old high-school student, high on romanticism and heroism, searching for his beloved, to whom he’ll give his first feelings. Read More »

Kantemir Balagov – Dylda AKA Beanpole (2019) (HD)

1945, Leningrad. WWII has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Two young women search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins. Read More »

Andrei Tarkovsky – Archives Cinéma Andrei Tarkovsky (1989)

Quote:
“Positif” a publié le premier entretien avec Tarkovski en France. Cette anthologie de textes parus dan la revue rassemble études, critiques, entretiens avec le cinéaste et témoignages de ses collaborateurs. Elle est illustrée de 70 photographies. Read More »

Kantemir Balagov – Tesnota AKA Closeness (2017)

1998, Nalchik, the North Caucasus, Russia.
24-year-old Ilana works in her father’s garage to help him make ends meet. One evening, her extended family and friends gather to celebrate the engagement of her younger brother David. Later that night, the young couple is kidnapped, and a ransom demand delivered.
In this close-knit Jewish enclave, involving the police is out of the question. How will the family raise the money to save David? Ilana and her parents, each in their own way, will go as far as necessary, whatever the risks to themselves… Read More »

Aleksandr Petrov – Son smeshnogo cheloveka AKA The Dream of a Ridiculous Man (1992)

Alexander Petrov`s short animation Read More »