Generations: Russian Cinema of Change

26 - 30 September 2018
Cinema 2
Defiant, expressive and electric, this season of cult and landmark films charts an extraordinary century of political change in Russia.

From the October Revolution of 1917, through the Second World War and Stalinism to the perestroika and glasnost of the 1990s, the world’s largest country has undergone profound political, societal and economic upheaval in recent history.

Exploring self-expression, independence and sheer defiance, this programme leads with films that resolutely defy authority and take a stand against state-sanctioned morality, from the independent, ‘immortal’ youth showcased in Abram Room’s A Severe Young Man (1936), through to Sergei Solovyov’s cult classic Assa (1988), which portrays the hidden subcultures that flourished in the perestroika-era.

Presented in partnership with The New Social, a cultural collective bringing contemporary cinema from eastern Europe and beyond to the UK.

Our full programme is announced early 2018.

Part of our 2018 season, The Art of Change, exploring how artists respond to, reflect and can potentially effect change in the social and political landscape.
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