Pioner Cinema » Strange People
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  • Comedy
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  • 1969
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  • 83 min.
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  • USSR
  • director: Vasily Shukshin
  • cast: Vsevolod Sanayev, Sergey Nikonenko, Evgeny Lebedev, Evgeny Evstigneev, Panteleymon Krymov, Yuri Skop, Elena Sanayeva, Nina Sazonova

  • 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.

Country cinema

A country boy, freshly arrived in Crimea to visit his brother, runs away for home straight away. The veteran Bronka relives his (imagined) story about how he “shot at Hitler” in 1943, time and again. The esteemed chairman of the collective farm, already in his twilight years, is attacked by intrusive, outlandish visions and fantasies. This is a screen adaptation of three stories by Shukshin – three tawdry and light-hearted stories, seemingly occurring all by themselves, with typical “Shukshinian” characters: strange, discombobulated eccentrics unable to extract from their lives material benefit or life lessons.

“In ‘Strange People,’ the world and the people in it are largely the same as in Shukshin’s prior films, except everything is not quite what it seems to be. What it in fact is, however, is not clear. Shukshin fearlessly chips away at either the word or the visual ‘picture,’ in the process achieving an effect of incompleteness. The fluid lines of narrative do not break, but instead seem to trail off somewhere outside the bounds of the film, over the horizon. But you can’t call this a failure to tell the whole story. He said and showed everything that he considered necessary; if anyone doesn’t understand, Shukshin himself is not guilty.” – 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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