Pioner Cinema » A Strange Time
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  • Drama
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  • 1997
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  • 91 min.
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  • Russia
  • director: Natalya Pyankova
  • cast: Elena Mayorova, Oleg Fomin, Gleb Soshnikov, Maria Gangus, Natalya Pyankova, Oleg Vasilkov, Sergey Vinogradov, Vadim Pyankov, Aleksandr Khan, Nikolay Leschukov
  • language: Russian
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Pioner Cinema and Kommersant Weekend present "The History of Russian Cinema in 50 Films," dedicated to the Year of Russian Film. The curator will be film critic and Weekend author Mikhail Trofimenkov.

A catalogue of neuroses

A film in three novellas. Two young men and one woman (incidentally, Alla is Elena Mayorova’s final role) are killing time on the roof of a Moscow skyscraper and telling true (and not-so-true) stories from their lives. All of them are dedicated to spontaneous romantic connections which should have remained isolated incidents, but instead changed each of the heroes’ lives.

“Pyankova wasn’t lying: she filmed the manifesto of a generation. And in spite of how it may seem, though this manifesto can be about anything you want it to be, it is not an escape from reality. More accurately: it is not the author’s escape, but that of her heroes. The author actually captures them and rebuilds them in the context of their time period. The 1990s were – first and foremost, not “in addition to everything else” – an unbelievably sexual time. And “everything else” was passed through the filter of sex – if we don’t take into account the way that the world is perceived as politics-crazy – including money and death. And where there is sex, there are lies.” – Mikhail Trofimenkov.

Admission to the screening is free with advance registration. The film will be shown from the 35mm original. The film will be introduced by film scholar Denis Gorelov.

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