Film & Theatre

PREVIEW: OPEN CITY DOCS: CEE Titles Featured (6-10 September)

August 28, 2017

August 28, 2017

PRIVATE CHRONICLES. MONOLOGUE. VITALY MANSKY / 1999 / RUSSIA / 95′
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2017 – 20:30
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Exploring the collective life of the generation born as Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space, Mansky worked with over 5,000 hours of home movies to create this unique chronicle of everyday life in the Soviet Union. Over this archive Mansky applies a fictional framework, weaving together a fabricated biography of a Russian – speaking in voiceover – born in 1961. The result is a moving document of the fictional, but nonetheless true life of the generation who grew up in this time of huge change and upheaval.

PHOTON. NORMAN LETO / 2017 / POLAND / 107′
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2017 – 20:30

photonNorman Leto’s avant-garde science(-fiction) documentary is a wildly ambitious, mind-bending voyage through the history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the quantum revolution and beyond.

Inspired by the best-selling author David Deutsch’s work (The Beginning of Infinity, The Fabric of Reality), Leto leads the viewer in a dense but fascinating essay on the mysteries of inner and outer space. His far reaching theories are delivered in a wryly amusing voiceover and are accompanied by a series of dazzling CGI animations of waves and particles, illustrating abstract scientific concepts like the Higgs field through impeccable 3D models.

Leto is credited as writer, director, editor and lead animator on Photon and has pulled together a dizzying array of elements to create a true cinematic curio.

REBEL OF THE KEYS. MARK CHARLES / 2016 / UNITED KINGDOM / 90′
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 – 20:30

andre_picA fascinating study of the life and times of pianist, composer and ‘enfant-terrible’ Andre Tchaikowsky told alongside the story of the first performance of his opera adaptation of The Merchant of Venice, the realisation of which was his dying wish. The complexity of Andre’s music and some hitherto surprising events in his life, all lead to an ending that would please this contrary but fascinating individual.

Followed by a Q&A with co-writer Anastasia Belina-Johnson.

In partnership with the office of the Provost of UCL

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BROADWAY, BLACK SEA. VITALY MANSKY / 2002 / GERMANY/RUSSIA / 84′

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 – 20:15

broadwayBroadway, Black Sea presents a kaleidoscopic portrait of a Black Sea resort over the course of one holiday season. Refugees from the Caucasian republics, Armenians, Azerbaijanis and Russians meet on the shore of the Black Sea: they work as shopkeepers, lifeguards, karaoke singers, or are simply here to enjoy their holidays. The place where all this happens is called Broadway and does not exist on any map, not even the most detailed one. The temporary inhabitants construct a whole world in miniature which consists of small carts, tents or booths closely parked in haphazard rows. The scenery built for a few weeks during summer is bubbling with life – and does not at all correspond with ordinary daily life in Russia.

Courtesy of Cobra Films

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GAGARIN’S PIONEERS. VITALY MANSKY / 2005 / GERMANY/RUSSIA / 100′
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 – 16:00
gagarins_pioneersMansky embarks on a journey to track down his old school friends and fellow Young Pioneers with whom, as a child growing up in Lvov, Ukraine, he pledged allegiance to the Soviet motherland and the principles of communism. Many would later flee the Soviet Union with their parents to begin new lives in Israel, others, like the Mansky’s, changed their names, wiped away the traces of their Jewish family history and stayed. Mansky travels to Israel, USA, Canada and Ukraine in search of those he once knew so well, to explore their shared past and to discuss dreams and disappointments, discrimination and dominance, homeland and happiness.
A MOON OF NICKEL AND ICE. FRANÇOIS JACOB / 2017 / CANADA / 110′
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 – 15:00

a_moon_of_nickel_and_ice 2The mining town of Norilsk sits in the heart of the Siberian Arctic, huddled behind its wind walls and bathed in the billowing smoke and sulfur of its mills and factories. Originally built by Gulag prisoners under Stalin, Norilsk remains a bleak and mysterious place, forever haunted by the suffering of its history. Whereas nickel miners ponder the lost Soviet comradeship and teenagers dream only of escape, theatre artists and descendants of the Gulag prisoners seek to finally shed light on Norilsk’s dark past, long since buried under censorship and the town’s frozen ground.

With poetic imagery contrasting the unworldly Siberian landscapes and dark industrial mining sites, the film weaves a fascinating tale of a secretive outpost that until now has been closed to foreign visitors.

BERTHA DOCHOUSE, CURZON BLOOMSBURY

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