Film Series

The Year of Russia Film Series includes two weeklong screenings of Russian films, one in the fall and another in the spring. Below you will find information about each of the films that make up the film series.

Note: The film screenings are only open to Kennesaw State students, faculty, and staff.

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Spring Semester: Week of January 30, 2017

    • The Prisoner of the Mountains

      Directed by Sergei Bodrov Sr.

      1996

      This film illustrates the conflicting views between traditional Chechen culture and Russian warfare. The personal confrontation between two Russian soldiers and their Chechen captors is the main theme of the film, which was shot in the mountains of Dagestan. Awarded a Crystal Globe at the 1996 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and the same year was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

      Monday, January 30, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
      Austin Residence Complex Multipurpose Room

      • Night Watch

        Directed by Timur Bekmambetov

        2004

        Loosely based on the novel The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko, this fantasy-thriller is set in present-day Moscow where the respective forces that control daytime and nighttime do battle.

        Tuesday, January 31, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
        Austin Residence Complex Multipurpose Room

        • Stalker

          Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

          1979

          A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find an enigmatic and sometimes
          dangerous space of consciousness manifest in a room that grants wishes in this surreal humanist  drama. The figure of the Stalker becomes a symbol of this desire, and he leads us through Tarkovsky’s journey to the heart of darkness.

          Wednesday, February 1, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
          Social Sciences, Room 3030

          • Leviathan

            Directed by Andrei Zvyagintsev

            2014

            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. Won the 2014 Cannes Film Festival award for Best Screenplay, was awarded the best film of the year at the 2014 London Film Festival and the 45th International Film Festival of India. It won the Best Foreign Language Film award at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards.

            Thursday, February 2, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
            Austin Residence Complex Multipurpose Room

            • My Tender and Affectionate Beast

              Directed by Emil Loteanu

              1978

              Famous for its music, especially the Wedding Waltz, the films narrator and tender beast title character is a weak and corrupted count who falls in love with a 17 year old femme fatal. Her first appearance in the film in front of three men, the principal players of the future drama, makes you understand why all three literally lost their minds and would pay any price to have and to
              keep her.

              Friday, February 3, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
              Austin Residence Complex Multipurpose Room

               

              Fall Semester: Week of October 24, 2016

              • The Cranes are Flying

                Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov

                1957

                One of only a few Soviet era films to win the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, this World War II tale shows the effects of the country’s upheaval on an idealistic young couple who are torn apart.

                Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 6:30 pm
                Austin Residence Complex Multipurpose Room

                • Orator

                  Directed by Yusup Razykov

                  1998

                  A witty and poetic story of Iskander, a poor cart man who leads an almost idyllic village life with his three wives, yet finds himself at the center of events that greatly impact his marital life, family relations and position in society. The Orator takes place in the 1920s, at the dawn of Soviet power in Uzbekistan. The Orator is crucially concerned with gender, specifically the early-Soviet reform of Uzbek women's rights and marriage policies.

                  Tuesday, October 25, 2016 @ 6:30 pm
                  Austin Residence Complex Multipurpose Room

                  • Red Army

                    Directed by Gabe Polsky

                    2014

                    A feature documentary about the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team. Told from the perspective of its captain Slava Fetisov, the story portrays his transformation from national hero to political enemy. The film examines how sport mirrors social and cultural movements and parallels the rise and fall of the Red Army team with the Soviet Union.

                    Wednesday, October 26, 2016 @ 6:30 pm
                    Prillaman Hall, Room 1000

                    • Chagall-Malevich

                      Directed by Alexandr Mitta

                      2014

                      The artistic and political revolution of early 19th century Russia is mythologized in this kitschy screen folklore ballad of a film about the complex relationship between two artistic geniuses. The story is based on real events which occurred at the time of Chagall's short-lived period in Vitebskin in 1917-18, during which time he creates the Academy of Modern Art, inspired by his dreams of a bright and beautiful future.

                      Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 6:30 pm
                      Social Sciences Building Room 3030

                      • Burnt by the Sun

                        Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov

                        1994

                        This film depicts the story of a senior Red Army officer and his family during the Great Purge of the late 1930s in the Stalinist Soviet Union. Like a tragedy by Sophocles, Burnt by the Sun takes place over the course of one day. The film received the Grand Prize at the 1994 Cannes Film  Festival and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

                        Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 6:30 pm
                        Austin Residence Complex Multipurpose Room

                         

                        Spring Semester: Week of January 30, 2017

                        • The Prisoner of the Mountains

                          Directed by Sergei Bodrov Sr.

                          1996

                          This film illustrates the conflicting views between traditional Chechen culture and Russian warfare. The personal confrontation between two Russian soldiers and their Chechen captors is the main theme of the film, which was shot in the mountains of Dagestan. Awarded a Crystal Globe at the 1996 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and the same year was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

                          Monday, January 30, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
                          Austin Residence Complex Multipurpose Room

                          • Night Watch

                            Directed by Timur Bekmambetov

                            2004

                            Loosely based on the novel The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko, this fantasy-thriller is set in present-day Moscow where the respective forces that control daytime and nighttime do battle.

                            Tuesday, January 31, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
                            Austin Residence Complex Multipurpose Room

                            • Stalker

                              Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

                              1979

                              A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find an enigmatic and sometimes
                              dangerous space of consciousness manifest in a room that grants wishes in this surreal humanist  drama. The figure of the Stalker becomes a symbol of this desire, and he leads us through Tarkovsky’s journey to the heart of darkness.

                              Wednesday, February 1, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
                              Social Sciences, Room 3030

                              • Leviathan

                                Directed by Andrei Zvyagintsev

                                2014

                                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. Won the 2014 Cannes Film Festival award for Best Screenplay, was awarded the best film of the year at the 2014 London Film Festival and the 45th International Film Festival of India. It won the Best Foreign Language Film award at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards.

                                Thursday, February 2, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
                                Austin Residence Complex Multipurpose Room

                                • My Tender and Affectionate Beast

                                  Directed by Emil Loteanu

                                  1978

                                  Famous for its music, especially the Wedding Waltz, the films narrator and tender beast title character is a weak and corrupted count who falls in love with a 17 year old femme fatal. Her first appearance in the film in front of three men, the principal players of the future drama, makes you understand why all three literally lost their minds and would pay any price to have and to
                                  keep her.

                                  Friday, February 3, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
                                  Austin Residence Complex Multipurpose Room

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