Ukraine

Mikhail Belikov – Raspad AKA Decay (1990)

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RASPAD is a hard-hitting Ukrainian film that details the horrors and aftermath of the Russian Chernobyl nuclear-reactor incident.

In April 1986, Soviet journalist Alexander Zhuralev (Sergei Shakurov) returns from assignment in Greece to his home in Kiev, only to discover, via an anonymous note, that his wife Ludmilla (Tatiana Kochesmasova) has been having an affair with his bureaucrat friend Shurik (Alexii Gorbunov). To consol himself, Alexander plans a visit with his friend Anatoli Stepanovich (Georgi Drozd), but before they can meet, a fiery explosion rips through one of the Chernobyl reactors, where Anatoli works, and he is one of the first victims. However, no announcements are made by the government, and life continues normally. Read More »

Sergei Loznitsa – Donbass (2018)

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In eastern Ukraine, society begins to degrade as the effects of propaganda and manipulation begin to surface in this post-truth era. Read More »

Kira Muratova – Chuvstvitelnyy militsioner AKA The Sentimental Policeman (1992)

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An Odessa policeman discovers a baby abandoned in a cabbage patch. He takes the baby to an orphanage, but later he and his wife decide to try and adopt the little one. But they must go through a lot of difficulties… Read More »

Anne Bogart & Holly Morris – The Babushkas of Chernobyl (2015)

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An affectionate portrait of a group of women who, after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster and evacuation, returned to the exclusion zone surrounding the nuclear power plant and have resided there – semi-officially, for years. Read More »

Andrey Benkendorf – Neskolko lyubovnykh istoriy AKA Several love stories (1994) (DVD)

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Description: Erotic comedy based on the works of Giovanni Boccaccio, Francesco Grazzini Lasca, Agnolo Firenzuola, which humorously describes the amorous adventures of Italians of the Renaissance. Young beautiful wife cleverly fooled his old foolish men, finding ingenious ways to meet lovers …

Rare and funny good erotic film. Read More »

Stanislav Bytiutskyi – Goodbye, Cinephiles (2014)

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This is a story about people in love with cinema, and a country going through its most difficult times. A group of friends, who met sometime ago in a movie theatre, get together to see one of them off to Belgrade. So their journey begins: from personal memories to the remembrance of their country, out of a small dark room to the mystery of Kiev’s night. Their last stop – the farewell party where reality and cinema once again become a single whole. Read More »

Kira Muratova – Melodiya dlya sharmanki AKA Melody for a Street Organ (2009)

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Kira Muratova, the grande dame of Eastern European cinema returns with her richest, most imposing vision of societal decay and personal efflorescence since The Aesthenic Syndrome encapsulated a very different moment in the former Soviet Union’s history in 1989. Set largely in the vast central railway station of Kiev, a casino, a shopping arcade and the snow-blanketed streets between, Melody is a majestically realised pageant of the burgeoning new economy of inequality. Like Dickensian orphans or children in a fairytale, a motherless brother and sister arrive in the city and traipse through festive Christmas streets looking for their respective fathers… Read More »