Russian Film at Yale invites you to discover contemporary Russia through the eyes of a talented new generation of emerging filmmakers. Tackling a range of contentious subjects — from homosexuality to police brutality — many of these films unleashed a storm of controversy in Russia and secured the reputation of their directors on the international circuit. Join us for the screenings — and stay tuned for the guest appearance of several of the film directors in person!
Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium
53 Wall Street
New Haven, CT
Free and open to the public
All films will be presented with English subtitles.
January 27, 2017 - THE MAJOR (2013, 99 min.)
A gritty portrayal of police brutality and flagrant corruption, suffused with ambivalence and cynicism, and inspired by real-life events. Yuri Bykov has been hailed as the “next Balabanov” for his ability to bring together popular and arthouse audiences through smart, political, not-quite-genre films. Introduction by Dasha Ezerova, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale.
February 10, 2016 - FOR MARX (2012, 100 min.)
The New Left announces its presence forcefully in this darkly comical and violent tale of class struggle in post-Soviet Russia. What was old is new again: Malevich’s Black Square and clandestine labor union meetings mix with meta-commentary on French New Wave and Hollywood. Introduction by Vika Paranyuk and Andrey Tolstoy, Film and Media Studies, Yale.
February 24, 2016 - NAME ME (2014, 93 min)
In this coming of age story, two teenage girls trade places when one is afraid to meet her biological father. What begins as a joke turns into a psychological drama revealing aspects of the girls’ characters that they had no idea existed. Introduction by Anastasia Kostina, Film and Media Studies & Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale.
March, 7, 2016 - THE HOPE FACTORY (2014, 90 min.)
Trash aesthetics and true grit mark this chronicle of Arctic youth in the remote industrial town of Norilsk. Seventeen-year-old Sveta pins her dreams of escape on a long-distance romance – and all her rage on the equally young local sex worker, Nadia. Introduction by Oksana Chefranova, Visiting Fellow in Film and Media Studies, Yale.
April 6, 2016 - TWILIGHT PORTRAIT* (2011, 105 min.)
A micro-budget film as disturbing as it is timely, Twilight Portrait defies genre and convention at every turn. The dark fairy tale that results is a Rorschach test for critics, who have taken the film as a revenge fantasy, an erotic thriller, or a tale of political eros. Introduction by Fabrizio Fenghi and Marijeta Bozovic, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale.
April 13, 2016 - WINTER JOURNEY (2013, 95 min.)
Sergei Taramaev and Liubov Lvova
A brilliant young classical singer falls in love with a street thug in a tale that frames class difference as the major complication within a same-sex romance in post-Soviet Russia. Schubert sets the score and the atmosphere of this visually and aurally gorgeous film. Introduction by Marta Figlerowicz, Comparative Literature and English, Yale.
Sponsored by The European Studies Council, with a Russian Studies grant from the Carnegie Foundation, The MacMillan Center, the Whitney Humanities Center, Yale Film and Media Studies, and the Yale Slavic Film Colloquium.