Essential Russian Cinema

With his award-winning film, Leviathan, Andreay Zvyagintsev continues the Russian cinematic tradition of critiquing contemporary social and political circumstances, as well as contributing to Russia’s rich legacy of filmmaking technique. Join Metro as we explore the historical cinematic context in which Zvyagintsev’s work is situated with a three-film introduction to essential Russian Cinema.

Oscar: Leviathan

  • Feb 6, 8 & 12 (2015) @ 6:45pm
  • Feb 7 (2015) @ 4pm
  • Feb 7 (2015) @ 9:30pm
  • Feb 8 (2015) @ 1pm
  • Feb 10 (2015) @ 9pm
Russia’s official entry for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, _Leviathan_ is a compelling tragic drama of corruption and intimidation in contemporary Russia. It revolves around Kolia, a poor man who finds himself at the centre of a perfect... view more

Russia: Russian Ark

  • Jan 31 & Feb 4 (2015) @ 7pm
  • Feb 1 (2015) @ 4:15pm
The subject of Sokurov’s film is no less than three centuries of Russian history. It consists of one unbroken shot lasting the entire length of the film as a camera glides through the Hermitage, the repository of Russian art and... view more

Russia: Stalker

  • Jan 24 & 28 (2015) @ 6:30pm
  • Jan 25 (2015) @ 3:30pm
Loosely based on the novel _The Roadside Picnic_, Tarkovsky’s second foray into science fiction is the story of three strangers’ quest into The Zone, a mysterious place that may contain otherworldly forces, to reach The Room, an enigmatic enclave that... view more

Russia: Battleship Potemkin

  • Jan 16 (2015) @ 7pm
  • Jan 17 (2015) @ 4pm
  • Jan 18 (2015) @ 2pm
  • Jan 19 (2015) @ 9:15pm
One of cinema’s most significant works, Eisenstein’s Soviet classic is revolutionary in form, political purpose, and subject matter. The propagandistic film glorifies the exploits of sailors participating in a naval mutiny on the Black Sea during the abortive 1905 revolution.... view more
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