Pioner Cinema » Grachi
  • Drama
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  • 1982
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  • 90 min.
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  • USSR
  • director: Konstantin Ershov
  • cast: Aleksey Petrenko, Leonid Filatov, Yaroslav Gavrilyuk, Vitaly Shapovalov, Yuri Grebenschikov, Irina Bunina, Anatoly Romashin
  • 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 criminal sketch

The film portrays actual events described by journalist Olga Chekovskaya in the "Literaturnaya Gazeta." In the south of Russia, robbers were arrested after shooting a policeman during one of their heists. The investigation uncovers the details of a criminal gang, comprised entirely of members of a single family - one that seemed no different from any other provincial family to those around them for a long time.

“Ershov felt out a new tone to talk about a unique kind of evil – one that is workaday, common, and utterly indistinguishable from the norm; which lives next door and is always ready to show itself. The film is not about police work, but rather about the “work” of the killers. There is no gang onscreen, but a family; not a criminal haunt or hangout, but a little house on the seashore. Nothing exotic – just everyday life and routine, washed out and miserable in the eyes of a city-dweller, but all too familiar for millions of people. Ershov didn’t need anything in the way of adventures or action. His attention is consumed by how the murderers slurp soup, eat watermelon, and blow cigarette smoke. And these simple physical actions are much scarier than any violence, because they eat and smoke exactly the same way that they stab a knife or pull a rifle out from behind their back.” Mikhail Trofimenkov.

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


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