For three consecutive days in October 2021 Pushkin House is showcasing the best of recent Russian experimental cinema and artists' moving image, selected by the Moscow International Film Festival (MIEFF) and initially presented during one of its iterations since 2016. Each evening the curator of the festival Dmitry Frolov will present the programme, followed by a short conversation between him and a curator from Pushkin House. The showcase takes place on Wednesday 20 October, Thursday 21 October and Friday 22 October.
October 20, 19h
Program 1: In The Whirlpool Of Histories
The urban environment is a heterogeneous space, a place where different cultures, classes and voices connect or collide. Any big city is always in the process of transformation, changing its appearance and redefining the lives of people in it. Interestingly, memory is structured in a similar way — a fluid and unstable substance, full of failures, distortions and frequent substitutions. Historical discourse can be used by dominant ideologies to construct a social reality that is comfortable for them, but it can also serve as a source of knowledge that helps to resist this pressure and find people their place in time. In the Whirlpool of Histories consists of films that reflect on personal and public stories in the context of the urban landscape as a multidimensional cultural space.
- Pebbles (Mikhail Zheleznikov, 11 min, 2018)
- Three Dimensions of Time (Pim Zwier, 14 min, 2016)
- Turo (Anton Ginzburg, 35 min, 2016)
- 27а (Daria Likhaya, 17 min, 2021)
- The City Bridges Are Open Again (Masha Godovannaya, 10 min, 2020)
Q&A with Dmitry Frolov
October 21, 19h
Program 2: Dreamlike Connections
The spread of flexible economic management along with openness and freedom principles accompanied by the revolutionary development of telecommunications has radically transformed humanity and turned the planet into a global village — the home of a connected network society. The more time we spend in virtual spaces, the more our sensibility and cognitive functions change. As a result, our understanding of the environment, both natural and anthropogenic, is changing to include more and more different processes that are often autonomous and independent of our consciousness. Dreamlike Connections consists of films that explore the subtle and complex relationships between the world of affect, biosphere, technological progress, global society, and asks questions about human identities at the intersection of a virtual world with vibrant matter.
- Lost me Zemlya (Sonya Petrenko, 11 min, 2021)
- The Year of the White Moon (Maxim Pechersky, 21 min, 2020)
- Letters About The End of The World (Dina Karaman, 29 min, 2021)
- Short Circuits (Mikhail Basov, 19 min, 2021)
- Ostrannenie (Sasha Anikina, 8 min, 2017)
Q&A with Dmitry Frolov and Alex Anikina
October 22, 19h
Program 3: Archaeology of Russian Death
Tinnitus (Latin tinnītus — a jingling, ringing) is the perception of sound when no external source of sound is present. While often described as a ringing, it may also sound like a clicking, hiss or roaring. The mechanism that causes this symptom is not fully understood yet, but it affects mainly the elderly, therefore, some people consider it a sign of impending death. This experimental documentary is dedicated to music as an instrument for death exploration. The trigger for the storyline was a discussion between composer Evgeny Voronovsky and music journalist Dmitry Vasiliev. They talked about 90's and 00's Russian noise and industrial musicians who had worked with the theme of death on a deep level. Unfortunately, many of them are dead now due to different reasons, such as suicide, drugs and even mystical circumstances. These sound artists have been swallowed by the dangerous field of their studies. As real death emerges from the conversation about it, the film starts to transform, growing in characters, stories and contexts.
- Tinnitus (Daniil Zinchenko, 90 min, 2019)
Q&A with Dmitry Frolov
More information and tickets: https://www.pushkinhouse.org/events?category=MIEFF+screening
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