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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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A film review: “Volchok” [2009 Russia]

The title for Vasiliy Sigarev’s début feature “Volchok” [Eng. Title: Wolfy] refers to a spinning top, but it can also mean a wolf cub, and a way of describing a feral child. The depressing film is about the relationship … Continue reading

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A review: “Nebesnye zheny lugovykh mari” [2013 Russia]

After taking us on a metaphysical journey into the unique customs and traditions of a distinct northern Russian tribe with his 2010 Ovsyanki aka Silent Souls, Aleksey Fedorchenko revisits the region and its people to inform us of some … Continue reading

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