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  • Drama
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  • 1984
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  • 70 min.
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  • USSR
  • director: Dinara Asanova
  • cast: Olga Mashnaya, Valery Priemykhov, Lembit Ulfsak, Larisa Umarova, Nikolai Lavrov, Boris Arakelov, Lyudmila Vinogradova, Sergey Golubev, Aleksandr Demyadenko, Marina Levtova
  • 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.

Vadim, a part-time dump truck driver in Leningrad, picks up an extremely young woman, along with a newborn baby. Vadim is forced to spend the rest of his day with Anna, helping her untangle herself from unpleasant, dramatic, and even tragic situations – and she and she alone is to blame for all of them. The baby, which Anna stole in order to make an impression on an estranged lover, is finally returned to its parents, but the problems that the theft caused remain.

“Leningrad is presented in the film sometimes as a boiling cauldron; and at times, even as a powder keg, seconds away from explosion. Dirty snow, too-dark courtyards and too-bright squares, red telephone booths – the whole urban landscape is hysterical and dramatic at its core. And nothing accompanies these hysterics better than Akvarium, blasting out of a tape deck. I remember that then, in 1984, the film stunned me most with the way that Asanova managed to legitimize Akvarium, who were previously confined within the walls of the subculture’s ghetto. But this legitimization inspired less joy than a sort of quiet terror – if B.G. was singing onscreen, then something in the country was going wrong.” – 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 Andrey Plakhov.


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