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Kira Muratova 1967 USSR Fiction b/w 96min Russian DCP
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10/17 19:30 Spot Huasan A One G
10/22 21:20 Spot Huasan A One G
10/25 12:20 Spot Huasan A One G
Shelved for 20 years by Soviet censors, this film showcased Muratova's early forays into radical camerawork, remarkable use of non-linear narratives and audio discontinuities. The film depicts a love triangle between a provincial bureaucrat (played by Muratova), a wandering geologist (iconic musician and actor Vladimir Vysotsky) and a naive country girl. Capturing the gentle banality and ennui of our lives, the film makes sharp jabs at gender and sexual politics.

Director

Kira Muratova

Kira Muratova (1934–2018), one of the most significant and original voices of Soviet and Ukrainian cinema, has been remembered as a fearless filmmaker who dares to poke at open wounds of history and humanity. Of all the (post-)Soviet auteurs, Kira Muratova was arguably the most variable, controversial and sardonic. Right from the start of Muratova’s career as a director in 1961, she was an irritant to the regime. Her idiosyncratic films, frequently featuring unconventional women protagonists, transgressive theatricality, and inventive formal experiment, were severely censored and suppressed during the Soviet era, yet drew belated recognition during perestroika and after as political tides shifted. Later often hailed as the master of absurdism, Muratova excels at turning the vulgar into poetry, using waste as a decorative ornament, integrating the criminal into the everyday, and thereby providing an authentically radical view of human condition. Until her passing in 2018, she has made 22 films over the course of six decades.


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