Film Screening. Zoology

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
417 Mathematics (Columbia Unviersity)

Please join the Harriman Institute and the Russian Film Club for a screening of the 2016 film Zoology, directed by Ivan I. Tverdovsky. This is the inaugural event in the Russian Cinema Between Protests Film Series, organized by Mark Lipovetsky (Slavic Department) and Daria Ezerova (Harriman Institute). They will introduce the film, which has a run time of 83 minutes, and will be presented with English subtitles.

SYNOPSIS: Zoology is an allegory of alienation, and a devastating comedy about a society where being different is forbidden.

Russian Cinema Between Protests Film Series

Released between two waves of protests, spanning from 2011 to 2019, this selection of independent films offers a critical reflection on life in contemporary Russia, cutting across genres and styles. Join us for the screenings and stay tuned for special events with the filmmakers! All films will be introduced by Mark Lipovetsky (Slavic Department) and Daria Ezerova (Harriman Institute). The films will be screened with English subtitles.

October 16, 2019: ZOOLOGY (2016)

7:30pm in 417 Mathematics
Directed by Ivan I Tverdovsky. 83 min.
An allegory of alienation and a devastating comedy about a society where being different is forbidden.

October 30, 2019: SUMMER (2018)

7:30pm in 417 Mathematics
Directed by Kirill Serebrennikov. 126 min.
Leningrad, summer of 1984. Young Victor Tsoi rises to fame during the time of underground concerts, smuggled LPs of Lou Reed and Blondie, and of course, the Leningrad Rock Club.

November 13, 2019: THE HUMORIST (2019)

7:00pm in 404 International Affairs Building
Directed by Mikhail Idov. 100 min.
Introduced by Mikhail Idov, Q&A to follow. The story of a Soviet stand-up comedian caught between public adoration and the oppressive censorship of a derelict regime.

February 12, 2020: THE LAND OF OZ (2015)

7:30pm in 307 Mathematics
Directed by Vasily Sigarev. 100 min.
Blending Gogolian satire with absurdist poetics, this “New Year’s comedy” is a witty allegory of life in present-day Russia.

March 11, 2020: CLOSENESS (2017)

7:30pm in 203 Mathematics
Directed by Kantemir Balagov. 118 min.
A film of arresting beauty, Closeness is the story of a kidnapping in a Jewish community in Nalchik. The film’s premiere at Cannes turned 26-year-old Balagov into an overnight sensation.

April 15, 2020: THE HOPE FACTORY (2014)

7:30pm in 203 Mathematics
Directed by Natalia Meschaninova. 90 min.
A coming-of-age drama focusing on Arctic urban youths trying to escape their native city of Norilsk, as their true grit turns to desperation.