Pioner Cinema » Listening to Beethoven
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  • Animation
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  • 1983-2016
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  • 56 min.
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  • USSR, Russia
  • director: Garry Bardin
  • cast:
  • language: Russian
  • restrictions: 12+

On Tuesday, 12 July, Pioner will host a special screening of Garry Bardin’s new work, “Listening to Beethoven,” which premiered a month and a half ago at the Cannes Film Festival. It will be shown in a programme of several previous short works by Bardin: from his early shorts “Konflikt” (1983) and “Vykrutasy” (1987) to “Adagio” (2000) and “Three Melodies” (2013). After the screening, there will be a Q&A with the director.

Screening begins at 19:30.

All of the films are connected not just through a similarity of form – in each, music plays a significant role – but through the presence of one of Bardin’s main main themes, freedom, in various manifestations. Freedom, or the lack thereof. In these works, the director shows himself to be an adherent to an austere aesthetic; a master of detail; a experimenter and minimalist, working with widely varying techniques and materials (from matches and paper to wire and clay); and an observant artist-philosopher, unafraid of painful subjects and universal metaphors. As a truly ambitious director of the present day, Garry Bardin possesses the ability to create handmade “symphonies of hope” out of thin air – quite literally. “Listening to Beethoven” is direct evidence of that.


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