Brother (15*) + ScreenTalk

Generations: Russian Cinema of Change

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Bruising realism brings to life the story of a restless and naïve young man in lawless post-Soviet Russia.

This 90s cult classic is centred on the iconic figure of Danila Bagrov (Sergey Bodrov Jr.) as he leaves the army, arriving in St. Petersburg to meet his brother. Blazing Russian rock music serves as a fitting soundtrack to his descent into crime and immersion in the city’s nightlife.

An atmosphere of hostility and emptiness arose in early post-Soviet Russia, as the fallen regime was replaced by monumental chaos, crime and poverty. Gangsters and musicians ruled, and brute force became the most valuable commodity.

Brother profoundly captures this mood – it became a huge hit in Russia and resonates with each new generation. The film, and its protagonist, have become an inspiration for young people, although many feel this is for the wrong reasons, with the film being accused of inadvertently promoting neo-nationalism.

Director Alexey Balabanov saw himself as the ‘anti-establishment rock'n'roller of Russian film’, telling stories about the dark underbelly and decay of early post-Soviet society.

Russia 1997 Dir Aleksey Balabanov 96 min

*This film has been locally classified by the City of London Corporation

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

This season is part of our 2018 season The Art of Change, which explores how the arts respond to, reflect, and potentially effect change in the social and political landscape.


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Podcast: Introducing Generations with Gali Gold & Olya Sova

Head of Cinema Gali Gold discusses our upcoming season, Generations with co-curator Olya Sova from New East Cinema. Defiant, expressive and electric, this is a season of cult and landmark films charts an extraordinary century of change in Russia.

How can art respond to change?

Explore this year's annual theme, The Art of Change, through performances, events and online content as we consider the role of the arts for change

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