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  • Drama
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  • 2011
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  • 127 min.
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  • Russia
  • director: Oleg Pogodin
  • cast: Sergey Garmash, Bogdan Stupka, Larisa Malevannaya, Igor Savochkin, Aleksandra Blednaya, Vladimir Epifantsev, Ekaterina Rednikova, Gled Podgorodinsky, Evgeniya Dmitrieva, Aleksandr Nazarov
  • language: Russian
  • restrictions: 16+

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.

Magical realism

Several generations of the Shamanov family, several of whom live in a big shared house somewhere on the Don river, are getting ready to celebrate their patriarch’s hundredth birthday. One of the family members, the criminal boss Viktor, is followed by a “tail” – either from rivals or from the law. On the day of the celebration, the pursuers surround the house, and the shootout and subsequent battle results in the death of almost all of the Shamanovy clan.

“Pogodin’s favorite author, as a native of the Salsky steppes, is William Faulkner. Even if the director didn’t say this himself, this makes sense of the whole story. Not because Pogodin tore himself away from his roots, but in fact because he is truthful to them. “House” is a real “native son’s” movie. Not in the twisted, narrow-minded, localist sense, but in the cosmic and international one. Faulkner wrote about his native prairie in the same way as Mikhail Sholokhov wrote about Yoknapatawpha. The soil is the same for everyone.” – 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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