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January 2021

Subscription – The Third Annual Russian Film Week USA

January 23 - January 29
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The Third Annual Russian Film Week in New York kicks off with an online edition that brings the latest in Russian cinema to US audiences from January 23-29, 2021. Last year’s edition expanded the program to audiences in Boston, Washington DC, Seattle, Chicago, Denver and Palo Alto. The upcoming online edition will open up fresh Russian films to nationwide US viewers.

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Tsoy

January 23 @ 12:00 am
Tsoy

«Цой»

This highly controversial release from renowned director Alexei Uchitel imagines the aftermath of the fateful 1990 car accident that killed Soviet rock idol Victor Tsoy. A surreal road trip ensues as Pavel, the other driver in the collision, must transport Tsoy's remains back to Saint Petersburg. The film spans the private pain felt by Tsoy's loved ones and the tragic impact on an entire generation. Tsoy's death, months before the fall of the Soviet Union, was an auger of change to come.

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Tsoy – Virtual Q&A Discussion with Director Alexei Uchitel

January 23 @ 3:00 pm

«Цой»

Virtual Q&A Discussion with Director Alexei Uchitel

This highly controversial release from renowned director Alexei Uchitel imagines the aftermath of the fateful 1990 car accident that killed Soviet rock idol Victor Tsoy. A surreal road trip ensues as Pavel, the other driver in the collision, must transport Tsoy's remains back to Saint Petersburg. The film spans the private pain felt by Tsoy's loved ones and the tragic impact on an entire generation. Tsoy's death, months before the fall of the Soviet Union, was an auger of change to come.

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Streltsov

January 23 @ 6:00 pm
Streltsov

«Стрельцов»

Hearthrob Alexander Petrov is 20-year old Eduard Streltsov, the rising star of Soviet soccer. About to face Pelé in the World Cup, he loses everything when he's accused of a heinous crime. With his future looking hopeless, Streltsov must earn back the love of the nation. Based on true events, this is 27-year old director Ilya Uchitel's feature film debut.

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Mara (The Side Effect)

January 23 @ 6:00 pm
Mara

«Побочный эффект»

In this thrilling horror film, a home invasion disrupts the happy life of Andrey and Olya. Now, Andrey's only dream is to erase this horrific night from Olya’s memory. A desperate search leads Andrey to a house on an embankment, where the mysterious healer Mara, played by the sinister Aleksandra Revenko, promises to supply a special cure... with some disturbing side effects.

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Deeper!

January 23 @ 6:00 pm
Deeper

«Глубже»

This outrageous new comedy tells the story of a young film director, known for his psychologically profound work, who finds himself in the pornography industry and makes everyone play by his rules. Porno has never been so deep!

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Space Dogs: Tropical Adventure

January 23 @ 6:00 pm

«Белка и Стрелка: Карибская Тайна»

Space Dogs Belka and Strelka are sent on a special mission when a mysterious anomaly occurs off the coast of Cuba and a huge water tornado starts draining the ocean. As the two old friends experience the beauty of Cuban nature and its azure waters, they find an underwater world full of secrets. An exciting and dangerous adventure will  test Belka and Strelka's friendship as they unravel this tropical mystery.

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VGIK Shorts Collection

January 23 @ 6:00 pm

A COLLECTION OF SHORT FILMS BY STUDENTS OF THE GERASIMOV INSTITUTE OF CINEMATOGRAPHY (VGIK)

NATIVE PEOPLE
ORTINO RANGE
RESTLESS NASTYA
VICTORIA XXI

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Shtetlers

January 24 @ 6:00 pm
Shtetlers

«Shtetlers»

For several centuries and until the fall of the Soviet Union, shtetls were inhabited by tight-knit Yiddish-speaking communities, living side by side with their non-Jewish neighbours. Now scattered around the world, Shtetlers gather and trace the remains of a lost world.

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Good as New

January 24 @ 6:00 pm
SVA Theatre, 333 W 23rd St New York, NY 10011 + Google Map

«Хэппи Энд»

A strange man washes up ashore in Thailand. He can’t recall anything about his life, or how he got there. He only speaks Russian and has a horrible attitude, but somehow he quickly acclimates, finds connections and even starts a business. Everything seems fine, but his true reason for coming to this remote place is a mystery that unravels in the course of the film.

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Hypnosis

January 24 @ 6:00 pm

«Гипноз»

In a nail-biting thriller by famed director Valeriy Todorovsky, a hypnotherapist manipulates his patients, including Misha, a young boy who can no longer distinguish between dreams and reality. When a female patient mysteriously disappears, the Police suspects Misha. How can he prove his innocence, when he isn’t sure what’s real?

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Goodbye America

January 25 @ 6:00 pm

«Goodbye America»

There's an old saying, revised, that you can take the émigré out of Russia, but you can't take Russia out of the émigré. Dmitriy Nagiev is Grigoriy, a grifter who has "made it" in America. In a series of interconnected vignettes, recent transplants, assimilated professionals and hopeful immigrants navigate life in America with Grigoriy's help, as their individual relationships with the "motherland" are transformed on-screen.

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The Conference

January 25 @ 6:00 pm
Conference

«Конференция»

Years after the 2002 terrorist attack inside the Dubrovka Theater shook Russia and the world, Natalya, herself a survivor, gathers others who lived through the attack for a memorial that reconstructs the events that shattered their lives A film about how we can move on from tragedy, individually and as a people. Based on true events.

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The Man from Podolsk

January 25 @ 6:00 pm

«Человек из Подольска»

This thought-provoking cinematic adaptation of a cult play from by the groundbreaking Teatr.DOC begins with an everyman who dreams of escaping his mundane existence for life in the West. When he is arrested by the Moscow police, he is taken for an absurd ride without a definitive outcome, when the police turn out to be discerning intellectuals, who seem to know everything about him.

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Sententia

January 26 @ 6:00 pm
Sententia

«Сентенция»

In the 1980 USSR, Varlam Shalamov, author of the notorious Kolyma Tales, is warned to stop writing as he experiences his final days. Meanwhile, two other men are on an obsessive search for Shalamov’s handwritten account of life in the labor camps—and nothing will stop them from publishing the scandalous masterpiece. Flashbacks of the harrowing true stories simultaneously tell the story of Shalamov’s life. Based on true events.

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In Deep Sleep

January 26 @ 6:00 pm
In Deep Sleep

«Город Уснул»

Victor is a deep-sea fisher, onboard a ship when he learns his wife has died.
He rushes home but finds the entire city entranced in a deep sleep. He walks
the streets, trying to find the only person who is still awake. This surreal, poetic
feature is the directorial debut of Marina Ignatenko, who also wrote the script.

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This is Edik: A tale of a Gifted and Stolen Childhood

January 26 @ 6:00 pm

«Это Эдик: Сказка о Подаренном и Потерянном Детстве»

A documentary film about Eduard Uspensky, the brilliant, yet tortured, writer and creator of beloved children’s characters, including Cheburashka. The film includes interviews with Uspensky’s colleagues and family, as well as excerpts from interviews with Uspensky, who is portrayed in the film as an animated character.

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Slava’s Journey: Secrets of Snow

January 27 @ 6:00 pm - January 30 @ 12:00 pm

«Путешествие Славы: Секрет Снега»

SLAVA POLUNIN, globally renowned Russian philosopher clown, packs the fake snow of his stage spectacular “Slava’s Snowshow” and his messy gaggle of clowns onto a train that takes them on a peculiar mission – deep into the real snow of the Russian arctic in the middle of the coldest winter for 1,000 years! Featuring an atmospheric and beautiful original score from BAFTA composer Kevin Sargent, Russian narration by Nargiz Zakirova, and inspiring magic from Slava himself.

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About Lyolya and Minka

January 27 @ 6:00 pm

«Про Лёлю и Миньку»

When the grown-up Minka visits his also grown-up sister Lyolya and her twin boys in their old childhood home, he reminisces about the hilarious stories of the past. But he doesn’t know that his sister’s “little monsters” are plotting trouble that may have real consequences for Lyolya. Based on the stories by the beloved writer Mikhail Zoshchenko.

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Shtetlers – Virtual Q&A Discussion with Director Katya Ustinova

January 27 @ 8:00 pm

«Shtetlers»

Virtual Q&A Discussion with Director Katya Ustinova

For several centuries and until the fall of the Soviet Union, shtetls were inhabited by tight-knit Yiddish-speaking communities, living side by side with their non-Jewish neighbours. Now scattered around the world, Shtetlers gather and trace the remains of a lost world.

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