On a remote island in Northern Russia Boris is serving a life sentence for triple murder. He is one of the first to do so in post-Soviet Russia after the death penalty was abolished in 1993. This unsettling documentary brings us inside, not only Boris' dark, cold, claustrophobic cell but also the hidden recesses of his mind. For us it's just a picture, but on the other side of the lens Boris' mind has to deal with the reality that the squalid space offers against the infinity of his 'life' sentence.
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Reveals the psychological devastation the Chechen conflict has inflicted on children. Focuses on three rooms: a military academy near St. Petersburg; Crozny, Chechnya where families struggle to survive in barely habitable buildings; and, the nearby republic of Ingushetia where refugee camps are set up. Using minimal dialogue and evocative music, the film depicts the emotional state of children affected by war.
Welcome to Absurdistan, a small village in the high desert mountains, just on the outskirts of reality, where magical visions and bizarre events fuse together. The village is facing a water shortage, but the men are too lazy to fix a rickety pipeline and the women are getting fed up with their good-for-nothing husbands. The women make a simple vow: 'No water, no sex.'
Berlin, Berlin State : C Major Entertainment, 2015.
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Adam's Passion is the moving first collaboration between two "masters of slow motion who harmonize perfectly with each other" (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). In the spectacular setting of a former submarine factory, American director and universal artist Robert Wilson creates a poetic visual world in which the mystical musical language of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt can cast its meditative spell. Three of Pärt's major works - Adam's Lament, Tabula rasa, and Miserere, as well as Sequentia, a new work composed especially for this production - are brought together here using light, space, and movement to create a tightly-woven Gesamtkunstwerk in which the artistic visions of these two great artists mirror each other.
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The Kyrgyz Republic, one of the post-soviet republics in Central Asia, is a very recent democracy. Situated at the crossroads of global interests, Kyrgyzstan reflects the political rivalry between Russian and American influence, reveals the religious rivalry between Christianity and Islam, and lies between the economic predominance of China and Russia.The Canadian company, Cameco, his operating the Kumtor mine in this region. All that Glitters shows the unique imprint the Communist past has had on the local workers and their way to adjust to the capitalistic system.
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Immediately suppressed by the Soviets in 1966, Andrei Tarkovsky's epic masterpiece is a sweeping medieval tale of Russia's greatest icon painter. Too experimental, too frightening, too violent, and too politically complicated to be released officially, Andrei Rublev has existed only in shortened, censored versions until the Criterion Collection created this complete 205-minute director's cut special edition.
[Brooklyn, New York] : [Distributed by] Icarus Films, 
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The latest trend among the Russian oligarchs is to purchase works of art, a way to get into the Kremlin's good graces, to gild their image ... and to cover up the origin of their fortunes, often acquired in the shadow of post-Soviet power. Following these new amateurs in the footprints of the well-known collectors of the early twentieth century, the film gives an unprecedented image of Russia where art, easy money and an authoritarian state coexist.
Odessa - 1905. Enraged with the deplorable conditions on board the armored cruiser Potemkin, the ship's loyal crew contemplates the unthinkable - mutiny. Seizing control of the Potemkin and raising the red flag of revolution, the sailors' revolt becomes the rallying point for a Russian populace ground under the boot heels of the Czar's Cossacks. When ruthless White Russian cavalry arrives to crush the rebellion on the sandstone Odessa Steps, the most famous and most quoted film sequence in cinema history is born.
A Beautiful Tragedy is a documentary about 15-year-old Oksanna who follows her mother's dream - to see her daughter become a prima ballerina. Oksanna decides to sacrifice her youth and devote nine years of her childhood to a ballet school in Russia. In this film we encounter both jealousy and beauty, and beauty, as it turns out, comes with a price: most of the girls in the school are anorexic. From the age of eight or nine until they are grown-ups they see their parents twice a year. For most children who attend the school, ballet represents their only chance in life for a future. Every year 500 children will come to audition. 30 students will be accepted. They have beautiful dreams and work unbelievably hard to achieve their goal. After nine years of training, 30 students will graduate. Only one or two will get a job.
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Bim was unlucky at birth: something went wrong in his pedigree and the puppy came into this world looking not like a scion of the noble Gordon Setter family should. A strange coloring, not a very good exterior ... However, there came a man for whom the purity of the pedigree was not as important as the puppy’s lively and friendly disposition. That lonely middle-aged man was a writer and a hunter. And Bim became a true and loyal friend to Ivan Ivanovich. The master and the dog were always together – in the city apartment and in the forest. But a misfortune came their way: Ivan Ivanovich was taken to hospital. And the happy and tranquil days were over for Bim. Now he was in for a painful waiting and searching for his master. Bim was fated to meet different people and, alas, not all of them were kind to him.
[Waldron, Heathfield, East Sussex] : Opus Arte, 2011.
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Boris Godunov is the story not only of a troubled leader but of an entire nation, and its history is as eventful as that of Mother Russia herself. In this new production, the legendary director Andrei Konchalovsky presents a personal vision of the opera that takes Mussorgsky's bare and monumental first version as its basis, while adding the final scene from the composer's revision, in which not only the Tsar but the people themselves reveal their fatal flaws.
[Brooklyn, New York] : [Distributed by] Icarus Films, 
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In Siberia, Russia, 18-year-old girls Julia, Ina, Olga and Katia are transferred directly from orphanages to neuropsychiatric institutions and are deprived of their rights as citizens: no freedom, no work, and no family. On the basis of a recent law, the director of the hospital tries to help them escape this internment. Filmmaker Alexander Kuznetsov follows their long and difficult journey as they attempt to reconquer these rights in the face of fearsome Russian institutional bureaucracy. Liberation: The User's Guide is their path to freedom and a leap into the unknown.
During the 1920s, Soviet documentary and fiction films were financed by the State, and their fledgling directors, some barely out of their teens, converted their lives from theater, engineering, painting and journalism to the practice and theory of a revolutionary cinema devoted to showing the achievements and aspirations of the new Socialist society. Their problem was to captivate an enormous, culturally diverse, multi-lingual, semi-literate population in ways that would be emotionally compelling, yet ideologically clear. The proven ability of movies to achieve this difficult goal inspired Lenin's famous dictum, 'For us, cinema is the most important art, ' and their stunning innovations recharged world cinema. Editing, or montage, is the common organizational basis of these films and each of the filmmakers believed the arrangement of shots to be the foundation of film art. Lev Kuleshov's By the Law (1926) is a tense murder drama set in Alaska and based upon a short story by Jack London.
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In 1933 Stalin organizes a great "cleansing" of Moscow and Leningrad of all the citizens deemed a social nuisance. This film recounts the untold story of these 6000 "unwanted", sent to a lost island in the middle of Siberia. Deported with no food, clothes or tools, these poor men, women and children suffered the torture of hunger until they had no choice but to devour each other. An unbelievable and terrible story that plays like a thriller and with a tension that lasts until the end.
"When Kazakhstan moved its capital to Astana, a dusty village in the steppe was transformed into an ultra-modern city. As Astana celebrates its tenth anniversary, we see vignettes of life in a place that is growing at an astounding pace, a place that brings together human, cultural, and economic capital. Colorful and catty tour guides, a television news crew, and a pair of construction foremen are our companions as we traverse the city from the outskirts to the center, watching monuments rise and celebrations take place, all under the seemingly ever-present eye of president Nursultan Nazarbayev." -- Original container.
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"Caravaggio - Making of a Ballet" is a documentary, which accompanies the working process of the ballet "Caravaggio". The film includes interviews with the choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti. The backstage and rehearsal footage shows his way of working and implementing projects. Furthermore, it includes interviews with the composer and soloists.