Ukrainian Film Club Screens "The Piano Tuner"

Thursday, October 19, 2006
7:30 pm
Room 717 Hamilton Hall

The October event of the UKRAINIAN FILM CLUB AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY will feature The Piano Tuner (2004), director Kira Muratova (Ukraine), 154 minutes. "The Piano Tuner" is a penetrating portrayal of a society on the verge of moral collapse. As the old network of interpersonal relationships falls prey to the kleptocratic capitalism of the Kuchma era, human behaviour is overtaken by one principle: “Money does not smell.” Virtues like honesty, decency, compassion, and trust become liabilities and can lead to ruin. The main protagonists, two women past their prime, are by choice out of tune with the real world. Enter the Tuner. His nice manners, quick wit, and empathy are a subterfuge. Ominously, the tuning of an old piano becomes the “tuning “of the two ladies to the new reality of post-Soviet Ukraine.

Starring Georgiy Deliyev (Ukraine), Alla Demidova (Russia), Nina Ruslanova (Russia), Renata Litvinova (Russia) – each of whom delivers an unforgettable performance in this film. Original Russian language version with English subtitles.

The film will be introduced by Yuri Shevchuk, the director of the Ukrainian Film Club at Columbia University. Discussion will follow the screening.

The screening is free and open to everybody. 

For more information, please see: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/ufc/