USSR

Vladimir Kobrin – Future Continuous (1994)

The film is based on the thesis of astrophysicist Nikolai Kozyrev on the materiality of time. The film creates an aesthetic model of the interaction between the present, the past and the future.

Film draws a bleak picture of the mankind’s future, in which slender rows of depersonalized bodies march in the landings of the Tower of Babel under command of Imperial eagle. Read More »

Vladimir Kobrin – Homo Paradoksum AKA Homo Paradoxum (1989)

In 1974, the Soviet government sent encrypted messages to the aliens…
Philosophical essay about paradoxicality of humanity as a species, and the ambition of humans to see aliens with their own eyes.
Kobrin sent his own message to alien archeologists in a form of this film. Read More »

Yevgeni Bauer – Sumerki zhenskoi dushi AKA Twilight of a Woman’s Soul (1913)

Despite living in luxury, Vera is lonely and discontented. When she accompanies her mother, the Countess, on a charity visit to the poor, she is troubled by what she sees, and she resolves to do whatever she can to help them. But one man takes advantage of her innocence, and he lures her into a trap so that he can assault her. The dreadful results of this attack will affect Vera’s life long afterward. –imdb Read More »

Vladimir Kobrin – 1991 TYT AKA 1991 Here (1991)

dEvolution of Homo Sovieticus.

At the center of the film is a man-monkey inhabiting various anthropogenic spaces, such as a zoo, city streets and a farmyard. But the attributes inherent in human life (work, marriage, military service, leisure) do not release him from an animal form.
During filming in the Crimea (not far from Gorbachev’s villa), the notorious August coup occurred in Moscow and President Gorbachev was arrested and isolated on his villa. The immediate proximity to the scene could not be without impact on the film – Kobrin processed it in his own grotesque form. Read More »

Vladimir Kobrin – Posledniy son Anatoliya Vasilievicha AKA The Last Dream of Anatoly Vasilievich (1990)

The film in a metaphorical form demonstrates a model of self-devouring in a closed spiritual system, it explores intermediate state between a human and a non-human: a subhuman deprived of a divine spark.
Quote:
The hero of the film is a collective image of a criminal consciousness in which we all exist. Since childhood, we live one way or another in a criminal environment.
But this criminal consciousness, criminal law, or rather, criminal lawlessness, criminal thinking, criminal morality, criminal language, hierarchy of values, in fact, also criminal – all that is our film. The film is so sad because it is a film about Russia… Read More »

Andrei Tarkovsky – Katok i skripka AKA The Steamroller and the Violin (1961)

Synopsis:
Seven year old Sasha practices violin every day to satisfy the ambition of his parents. Already withdrawn as a result of his routines, Sasha quickly regains confidence when he accidentally meets and befriends worker Sergei, who works on a steamroller in their upscale Moscow neighborhood. Read More »

Ilya Kopalin – Sud Idyot AKA The Court is in Session (1943)

The world’s first trial against German war criminals took place in Kharkov in December 1943.
Trial opened 15th December – 18th December defendants were executed.

The film covers the trial of three Germans and one Russian:
Corporal of German Secret Field Police Reinhard Retzlaw.
Captain of the German Military Counter-Espionage Service Wilhelm Langheld.
SS Obersturmbannführer, Company Commander of the SD Sonderkommando Hans Ritz.
Collaborator, assitant to SD Sonderkommando, driver of the “gas van” Mikhail Bulanov. Read More »