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Sublime cinema: “Angely revolyutsii” [2014 Russia]

There’s now plenty of proof that Aleksey Fedorchenko has a deep reverence and fascination for the customs of ethnic tribes that cohabit his motherland. While his moving Silent Souls (2010) touched on the funerary rituals of the Merya, and his richly … Continue reading

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A review: “Territoriya” [2015 Russia]

Aleksandr Melnik’s “Territoriya” [Eng. Title: Territory] is a remake of an earlier Soviet film about the Siberian Gold Rush of the late fifties and early sixties. Of course, the term needs to be applied rather selectively, because it was … Continue reading

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Still Shining: “A zori zdes tikhie” [2015, Russia]

Renat Davletyarov has faithfully recreated a shortened version of a famous Soviet film by the same name “A zori zdes tikhie” [Eng. Title: The Dawns Here Are Quiet]. The World War II drama is an adaptation of a novel … Continue reading

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Historical baggage: “Cargo 200” [2007, Russia]

The allegorical Soviet drama “Gruz 200” [Eng. Title: Cargo 200] is one of Aleksey Balabanov’s most important and uninhibited films to date. It is also lesser known than his highly acclaimed “Brother” duology for the very same reason – … Continue reading

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A brief review: “Time of Darkness” [1991, Russia]

Occasionally we bump into a film only when looking for something else. An exploration into early post-Soviet Russian cinema led me to Vladimir Alenikov’s medieval drama “Time of Darkness” [Russian Title: Fiofaniya, risuyushchaya smert], made originally in English. Produced … Continue reading

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