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Symposium: Mainstream Made In Russia
Forms and Functions of Popular Russian Cinema

Thursday, April 6th, until Saturday, April 8th, 2006
Bellevue-Saal, Wilhelmstr. 32, Wiesbaden

“Night Watch” (D: Timur Bekmambetov, Russia 2004) was the first Russian blockbuster that not only made a lot of money internationally, but also led American producers to invest in a sequel. This is a new level in a process, which started with “Brat” (D: Aleksej Balabanov, Russia 1997) just after the total collapse of the Russian film industry in the Nineties.
Time to take a closer look at popular Russian film and also ask in retrospect: Which significance did mass culture have in times of communism? Already under Stalin, there was a “Russian response to Hollywood” – as today’s movies are labeled again. Where is the borderline between imitation and innovation? What are the distinctive national features, today and back then?

The goEast symposium 2006 wants to explore forms and functions of popular Russian cinema and analyze the background of these developments: In addition to the wider context of film production the discussion will also examine the role of the state and the changed perception of today. The interdisciplinary symposium with Russian and German contributors will be complemented by an extended film programme. The lectures will be held in Russian or German and will be translated into English simultaneously.

 
           
         
           
     

Contributors and Topics

Dr. Hans-Joachim Schlegel Head of Symposium


Film historian, theorist and critic, specialised in Central and Eastern Europe
Russian Responses to Hollywood. Popular Cinema in Russia from the Thirties to Today

Claudia Dillmann Moderation


Director German Film Institute – DIF

Viktor Jerofejew


Novelist, essayist and cultural critic
From Cinema d’Auteur to Blockbuster. Losses for the Russian Society

Sergej Lazaruk


Film scholar and Associate Director of the Russian Federal Agency for Culture and Film, Moscow
Social and Cultural Functions of Popular Film

Nikolaj Nikitin (co-lecturer)


Editor of the film magazine “Schnitt”
Aleksej Balabanov’s Box Office Hit “Brat”

Kirill Razlogov


Artistic Director of Moscow International Film Festival
Hollywood Motifs in Russian Film

Rosalinde Sartorti


Eastern Europe Institute at FU Berlin
Popular Culture in Russland

Sergej Seljanov


Producer, St. Petersburg
A Producer’s Interest in Popular Film: Experiences and Perspectives

   
           
         
           
     

Programme:

ANTIKILLER
DIRECTOR: EGOR MICHALKOV-KONCALOVSKIJ
RUSSIA 2002

Alpha: 07.04. / 10.00 pm

BELOE SOLNZE PUSTYNI / THE WHITE SUN OF THE DESERT
DIRECTOR: VLADIMIR MOTYL
USSR 1969

Alpha: 06.04. / 6.00 pm

BRAT 2 / THE BROTHER 2
DIRECTOR: ALEKSEJ BALABANOV
RUSSIA 2000

Alpha: 08.04. / 10.00 pm

KASCEJ BESSMERTNYJ / KASHCHEY THE IMMORTAL
DIRECTOR: ALEKSANDR ROU
USSR 1944 (RESTORED 1962)

Caligari: 07.04. / 1.30 pm

LICNYJ NOMER / COUNTDOWN
DIRECTOR: EVGENIJ LAVRENTJEV
RUSSIA 2004

Alpha: 10.04. / 10.00 pm

MJORTVYJ SESON / THE DEAD SEASON
DIRECTOR: SAVVA KULIS
USSR 1968

Alpha: 11.04. / 4.00 pm

NOCNOJ DOZOR / NIGHT WATCH
DIRECTOR: TIMUR BEKMAMBETOV
RUSSIA 2004

Caligari: 09.04. / 10.00 pm

PIRATY XX VEKA / TWENTIETH CENTURY PIRATES
DIRECTOR: BORIS DUROV
USSR 1979

Bambi: 07.04. / 8.00 pm

VOLGA-VOLGA
DIRECTOR: GRIGORIJ ALEKSANDROV
USSR 1938 (RESTORED 1961)

Caligari: 10.04. / 1.30 pm

ZMURKI / DEAD MAN'S BLUFF
DIRECTOR: ALEKSEJ BALABANOV
RUSSIA 2005

Alpha: 08.04. / 8.00 pm

   
         
         
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