New Russian Cinema: Films and Showtimes

The films and showtimes for the New Russian Cinema series at the Anthology Film Archive in New York and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

New York screenings will be presented free of charge.

Seats may be reserved by emailing rsvp@lonestarfilmsociety.com or calling 817-924-6000

Fort Worth tickets $8.50/$6.50 for Modern members; $6.00 for Modern Reel People and Lone Star members; Festival Pass $25.

Individual tickets go on sale at the Modern two hours prior to show time.

MY FATHER IS BARYSHNIKOV

New York: Thursday, August 23rd, 7:00 PM
Fort Worth: Friday, August 24th, 7:30 PM

(dir. Dmitry Povolotsky and Mark Drugoy) A bright and uplifting semi-autobiographical feature from Brooklyn-based director, Dmitry Povolotsky and Russian director, Mark Drugoy (Sergey Mokritsky), telling the tale of a ballet-obsessed teen who pretends his father is the famous dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Set in Moscow 1986, the film captures the spirit of the economic and political restructuring at the time showing a modern view of not-so-distant era when everyone lived in the same apartments, with the same furniture, wearing the same clothes. Using sharp dialogue, well-observed situational comedy and a killer soundtrack of Boney M, Povolotsky invites us to take part in a young boy’s dream – the dream to be different!
“The starry-eyed ballet dreams of Billy Elliot meet a cynical Russian sense of humor in My Dad is Baryshnikov, the feature debut of Dmitry Povolotsky and Mark Drugoi.”

– The Hollywood Reporter

CHAPITEAU-SHOW (in 2 parts):

New York: Part 1 – Tues. August 21st, 7:00 PM; Part 2 – Wed. August 22nd, 7:00 PM
Fort Worth: Part 1 – Sat. August 25th, 2:00 PM; Part 2 – Sat. August 25th, 5:00 PM

(dir. Sergey Loban) Mixing cabaret-style musical numbers, a labyrinthine structure, and a healthy dose of playful surrealism, CHAPITEAU-SHOW tells four interconnected short stories about relationships, all emerging from within a mysterious circus tent on the coast of the Black Sea. In the first story, Love, a young woman comes face to face with a solemn friend whom she met online. In Friendship, a young deaf man finds that it’s difficult to connect with his new friends. Respect follows a famous actor attempting to reconnect with his estranged son. And an ambitious theatrical producer tries to stage an outlandish production in the final tale, Cooperation. Characters from the foreground of one story end up in the background of another, and between chapters they gather in a colorful cabaret to expose their true feelings with pop songs performed in the style of Elvis, Michael Jackson, and Freddie Mercury. All the characters in this film are beautiful losers, says director Sergey Loban, who’s crafted a fiercely inventive and light-hearted epic that gleefully breaks all the rules. Loban acquired a cult reputation in Moscow underground culture and won the Russian critic’s prize for his science fiction film DUST in 2005. Already a huge hit in its native Russia after winning the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Moscow International Film Festival, CHAPITEAU-SHOW is a postmodern delight that defines Marshall McLuhan’s famous aphorism the medium is the message.

ELENA

Fort Worth: Sunday, August 26th, 2:00 PM

(Dir. Andrey Zyanginstev) Elena and Vladimir are an older couple, they come from different backgrounds. Vladimir is a wealthy and cold man, Elena comes from a modest milieu and is a docile wife. They have met late in life and each one has children from previous marriages. Elena’s son is unemployed, unable to support his own family and he is constantly asking Elena for money. Vladimir’s daughter is a careless young woman who has a distant relationship with her father. A heart attack puts Vladimir in hospital, where he realizes that his remaining time is limited. A brief but somehow tender reunion with his daughter leads him to make an important decision: she will be the only heiress of his wealth. Back home he announces it to Elena. Her hopes to financially help her son suddenly vanish. The shy and submissive housewife then comes up with a plan to give her son and grandchildren a real chance in life. This third film from celebrated auteur Andrey Zyanginstev was selected as the closing night feature of the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival where it was awarded a Special Jury Prize.

THE HUNTER

Fort Worth: Sunday, August 26th, 4:00 PM

(Dir. Bakur Bakuradze) Farmer Ivan Dunaev gets up early. He feeds his piglets, does paperwork, fixes the tractor, and weighs the meat he’ll take in his old pickup truck to the market to sell. He has a wife, a teenage daughter, and a young son. And he loves to hunt. His world revolves around these things. Then, one day, two new workers, Lyuba and Raya, on work release from the local prison colony, arrive on the farm. Ivan doesn’t notice it at first, but something begins to change. THE HUNTER was an Official Selection of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

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