Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts to screen Georgian film "Repentance"


"Repentance," a searing look at the brutal repression of the Stalinist era, will be screened Monday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The film is the third of six being shown as part of the Quick Center's ongoing Russian Arts and Letters Festival.

Darkly introspective and beautifully imagined by director Tengiz Abuladze, "Repentance" centers on a mysterious woman and the death of a harsh village ruler in a somewhat surreal community. In the 1987 film, the woman is put on trial for repeatedly digging up the body of Varlam, the town's recently deceased leader. As the trial progresses, viewers learn that the woman's parents died under Varlam's reign of terror, along with many other innocents. Each ghastly revelation speaks to the repression and, in turn, heroic sacrifices under Stalinist rule.

Abuladze is considered one of the most provocative modern Georgian directors. Widely hailed as one of the best films of the 1980s, "Repentance" is part of his acclaimed trilogy, which also includes "The Plead" and "Tree of Wishes." The intriguing film includes many symbols and allusions that are uniquely Georgian in nature.

Some light refreshments will be available for an additional cost at each of the film screenings. Tickets are $7. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on January 7, 2004

Vol. 36, No. 145