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Russian Contemporary Film Festival

Join us for five acclaimed Russian contemporary films! Films are in Russian with English subtitles. Presented by the Brandeis Russian Studies Program and Eurochannel.

All screenings begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room G12 (unless otherwise indicated).

Thursday, September 24: My Dad is Baryshnikov (2011)

My Dad is Baryshnikov Moscow, 1986, the heat of Perestroika. Borya (Dmitri Viskubenko) is an average, clumsy teenager who is miraculously admitted to the legendary Bolshoi Ballet School. The boy is convinced that he will become a ballet dancer like his father, Mikhail Baryshnikov… but is he really his father?

Thursday, October 1: Another Year (2014)

Another Year A young married couple in Moscow: he’s an illegal taxi driver, she’s a young graphic designer who just started her first job. The film tracks their unstable relationship as it melts away throughout a year. Gradually their differences become fatally important for their relationship.

Thursday, October 8: The Admirer (2012)

The AdmirerIn Saint Petersburg, Anton Chekhov (Kirill Pirogov) meets aspiring writer Lydia Avilova. Between them arises a mutual sympathy, which develops into a deep feeling. But Avilova is married, and Chekhov is terminally ill…

A second screening of The Admirer will be held on Thursday, October 29, at 7:00 p.m. in Pearlman Lounge 113 due to technical difficulties during the original screening.

Thursday, October 15: Thirst (2012)

ThirstKostya (Michael Grubov) is a man with deep war scars after suffering serious physical injuries on the battlefield in Chechnya. After the disappearance of his dearest army friend, a chain of events is set in motion to restore Kostya’s life.

Thursday, October 22: Jolly Fellows (2009)

Jolly FellowsA movie centered on a Moscow nightclub owned by Rosa (Ville Haapasalo), who performs as part of the drag revue in the club. The movie starts with five cross-dressing men sharing their stories with a reporter.

Thursday, October 29: The Admirer (2012)

Screening in Pearlman Lounge 113

The AdmirerIn Saint Petersburg, Anton Chekhov (Kirill Pirogov) meets aspiring writer Lydia Avilova. Between them arises a mutual sympathy, which develops into a deep feeling. But Avilova is married, and Chekhov is terminally ill…