New Russian Cinema series announced at Fairfield University



Image: CanisiusFairfield University announces a four-part New Russian Cinema film series featuring some of the most engaging films from the last decade. All films are free and open to the public and will be shown in Canisius Hall, Room 6, at 7:30 p.m.

The series begins on Thursday, Oct. 13, with Timur Bekmambetov's 2004 film Night Watch. This fantasy thriller set in modern-day Moscow pits the forces of light and darkness against each other for dominance of both day and night.

Next up is Fyodor Bondarchuk's 2005 film The Ninth Company on Wednesday, Oct. 26. This gripping film tells the story of a Soviet military company serving in the Soviet-Afghanistan war and is considered a highly realistic depiction of combat in the land known as the "graveyard of empires."

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, Fairfield will screen Aleksei Popogrebsky's acclaimed 2010 film How I Ended This Summer, a film about human limits, both physical and mental. The story takes place at a Siberian polar station where the only contact with the outside world is an unreliable radio connection. How I Ended the Summer won Best Film 2010 at both the BFI London Film Festival and the Chicago Film Festival. It won Best Actor and Best Artistic Achievement at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Audience Award at the 2010 Russian Resurrection and Honorable Mention for the 2010 Sydney Film Prize.

The series concludes on Wednesday, Dec. 7, with Oksana Bychkova's 2006 film Peter FM. This film offers a glimpse into Russia's culture and history and reminds the viewer fate can play an important role in life.

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Posted on October 3, 2011

Vol. 44, No. 61