Please join us for a screening of the film Moscow (2000) as part of the opening night for the film series Putin's Russia: A 21st Century Film Mosaic at the Museum of the Moving Image. With director Alexander Zeldovich in person.
Dir. Alexander Zeldovich. 139 mins. 35mm. In Russian with English subtitles. With Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Tatyana Drubich, Natalya Kolyakanova, Aleksandr Baluev, Viktor Gvozditsky.
A ballet-obsessed mogul finds himself drawn into familial intrigue between his nihilistic fiancée, her simple, kind-hearted sister, and their twisted parents, meanwhile keeping up with his black market business and wily lieutenant, who masquerades as a Hasid to bypass suspicious customs inspectors. The perversely postmodern script, by novelist Vladimir Sorokin, set Russia’s literati ablaze well before the film’s release. Calling back to classic Russian lit (particularly Chekhov) with added sex, violence, and consumer goods, Zeldovich’s film casts the Russian capital as a glossy, phantasmagoric city of nets, taking stock of the chaotic nineties while looking ahead to Putin’s new era.
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