Pioner Cinema » Rainbow
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  • War drama
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  • 1944
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  • 93 min.
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  • USSR
  • director: Mark Donskoy
  • cast: Nina Alisova, Nataliya Uzhviy, Valentina Ivasheva, Elena Tyapkina, Hans Klering, Nikolay Braterskiy, Anton Dunayskiy, Alik Letichevskiy, Anna Lisyanskaya, Vladimir Ponomarev
  • 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 Ukrainian village is occupied by a German military unit, and one villager after another falls victim to the occupiers. Several of them hide in the forest and join up with a brigade of partisans. One day, the partisan Olena secretly returns to the village in order to give birth to a child in her own home. The village warden gives Olena away to the German commandant – she is arrested and interrogated in order to torture the location of the partisan brigade out of her. Even the murder of her newborn baby cannot force Olena to break her silence. Soon after, the village is freed by partisans and the Red Army.

“In spite of the victorious ending, ’Rainbow’ is not about the movement toward victory, but about the frozen, hopeless motionlessness of the occupation. Were Donskoy a more intellectual creator than a poetic one, it is possible to say that he was the first in the world to conceptualize occupation as an existential state. He couldn’t read Vercors’ “The Silence of the Sea,” but his villagers wield the same single weapon against their occupiers as the heroes of the French underground fighter’s story: silence.” - Mikhail Trofimenkov

Admission to the screening is free with advance registration. The film will be shown from the 35mm original. An introduction will be given by film scholar Evgeny Margolit.


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