Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body

Serbia/France/Germany, 2013 dir. Marta Popivoda Compiled from documentary archival footage from 1945 to 2000, Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body is a research-based essay film that offers a very personal perspective on the history of socialist Yugoslavia, the collapse of the socialist state and its transformation into democratic nation states. The film focuses on […]

Women of The Gulag + Screentalk with director Marianna Yarovskaya

A collection of unique and candid interviews with women who survived Stalin’s repression in the 1930s. Marianna Yarovskaya’s documentary tells the compelling and tragic stories of six female survivors of the Gulag. It was shortlisted for the Oscar for Best Documentary – Short Subject. While Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago largely tells of the men caught in Stalin’s camps and […]

Da i Da (Yes and Yes)

Russia, 2014 dir. Valeriya Gai Germanika Sasha is a young, non-conformist elementary school teacher from the moscow suburbs who lives with her conservative and hostile family.  Soon, she meets Antonin – a young and troubled artist, and escapes her home to live with him. Antonin introduces Sasha to an art world of a surrealist dimension. […]

We Are Never Alone

Czech Republic/France, 2016 dir. Petr Vaclav In a non-descript small Czech town, a handful of people come together: a paranoid and rage-filled prison guard, his hypochondriac neighbour and the latter’s silent, despairing wife, a lovesick nightclub manager, and a stripper who is a single mom. Their encounters soon weave into a drama of explosive proportions […]

London Premier: Volcano + ScreenTalk

Ukraine/Germany/Monaco 2018 Dir Roman Bondarchuk 104 min. A military interpreter becomes stranded in a small southern Ukrainian steppe town in Roman Bondarchuk’s brilliant, surreal black comedy. Set in the visually astonishing borderlands of Southern Ukraine, this multi award-winning dark comedy stars Serhiy Stepansky as city boy Lukas, an interpreter from the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in […]

Viktoria

Bulgaria/ Romania, 2014 dir. Maya Vitkova “A striking first film about a young child without a belly button that explores the relationship of Bulgarians with their country, history and families.” (Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter) Dreaming of the west, Boryana is determined not to have a child in communist Bulgaria. Her desire is thwarted […]

USSR Art

Barbara Herbich, 1990 The first art auction in Moscow conducted by Sotheby’s took place in the summer of 1988. It became a turning point in the history of contemporary Russian art, the first time that Soviet art collided head-on with the full Western market force. USSR Art uses this seminal event as a platform from […]

Timur Novikov: Zero Object

Russia, 2014 dir. Alexander Shein Presented as an international premiere, Timur Novikov: Zero Object positions the late artist Timur Novikov as protagonist in this exploration of underground art from St Petersburg. As well as providing a historical overview of the 1980s-1990s, the film features iconic figures in St Petersburg’s underground scene: cult rocker Victor Tsoi, […]