Tag Archives: Russian Films

Film Screening: Russian Ark

An unnamed narrator wanders through the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg. The narrator implies that he died in some horrible accident and is a ghost drifting through the palace. In each room, he encounters various real and fictional people from various periods in the city’s 300-year history. He is accompanied by “the European”, who represents the Marquis de Custine, a 19th-century French traveler.

Director: Alexander Sokurov, 2002

Run Time: 96 minutes

For more information about the VCUarts Cinema’s Cinematheque Series, please visit: http://arts.vcu.edu/cinema/cinematheque

Film Screening: Leviathan

In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man’s arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014

Run Time: 140 min

Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi869838617/

For more information about the VCUarts Cinema’s Cinematheque Series, please visit: http://arts.vcu.edu/cinema/cinematheque

Film Screening: Hard to Be a God

A group of scientists is sent to the planet Arkanar to help the local civilization, which is in the Medieval phase of its own history, to find the right path to progress. Their task is a difficult one: they cannot interfere violently and in no case can they kill. The scientist Rumata tries to save the local intellectuals from their punishment and cannot avoid taking a position. As if the question were: what would you do in God’s place?

Director: Aleksey German, 2013

Run Time: 177 min

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11sMDQIgggA

For more information about VCUarts Cinema’s Cinematheque Series, please visit: http://arts.vcu.edu/cinema/cinematheque