We are honored to collaborate with the Ukraine’s Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Center on this series celebrating “Odessa’s uncompromising eccentric” (Jane Taubman), with guest curator Stanislav Menzelevskyi introducing three screenings.Read full description
The Long Farewell
The Asthenic Syndrome
The Sentimental Policeman
A love triangle of sorts forms between a harried city functionary, her maid, and an absent, wandering husband (seen only in flashbacks) in Kira Muratova’s impressionist new-wave work, banned for twenty years. Russian folk singer/cult hero Vladimir Vysotsky costars.View Details
The Long Farewell also screens Saturday, May 13 with Stanislav Menzelevskyi introducing.
The relationship between mother and son forms the crux of Kira Muratova’s ephemeral second feature, banned for nearly two decades. “Rendered with a borderline avant-garde sense of aesthetic freedom and formal experimentation” (NYFF)View Details
Legendary director Kira Muratova’s demented chronicle of the absurdities and insults of post-glasnost Soviet life takes its title and cues from a psychological condition in which the sufferer alternates between maniacal aggression and apathetic inaction. “A movie that breaks all the rules” (Jonathan Rosenbaum).View Details
Swindlers and eccentric faded aristocrats populate the crumbling Odessa of Kira Muratova’s berserk satire on Russia’s old and nouveau riche. A screwball 1930s comedy filtered through an almost assaultive theatrical style. “Like being trapped in an elevator with a psychotic” (Village Voice).View Details
A kindly policeman throws his life into chaos after finding an abandoned baby in Kira Muratova’s combination of Chaplinesque comedy, Kafkaesque satire, and bureaucratic nightmare.View Details
The Long Farewell also screens Sunday, April 9 without an introduction by Stanislav Menzelevskyi.
The relationship between mother and son forms the crux of Kira Muratova’s ephemeral second feature, banned for nearly two decades. “Rendered with a borderline avant-garde sense of aesthetic freedom and formal experimentation” (NYFF).View Details
A who’s who of Russian stage and screen greats appears in Kira Muratova’s final film, a wittily staged examination of performance and storytelling where the same scene is repeated over and over again, with different actors, intonations, and settings.View Details