In the years since that decisive handoff, filmmakers within and without the country have gone beyond the headlines to capture, narrate, riff on, and comment upon life in contemporary Russia. This series strives to offer an appropriately broad, prismatic view of contemporary Russia through films released from 2000 to 2018. It encompasses everything from crime thrillers to absurdist comedies, coming-of-age dramas to dystopic science fiction, populist blockbusters to muckraking documentaries. It features internationally renowned auteurs such as Alexander Sokurov and Andrey Zvyagintsev, as well as artists and films new to U.S. audiences (including several U.S. and New York premieres); and incorporates invaluable contributions from filmmakers hailing from the former Soviet bloc and beyond. Though the series highlights some of this century’s best films, it is not intended to be a best-of survey, but rather aims to gather a wide array of films offering invaluable and insightful perspectives on 21st century Russian life, culture, politics, preoccupations, and values.
Organized by Eric Hynes (Curator of Film, Museum of the Moving Image) and guest curator Daniel Witkin.