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Getting to Know the Big Wide World

Kira Muratova 1979 USSR Fiction color 75min Russian DCP
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10/19 21:30 Spot Huasan A One G
10/22 15:20 Spot Huasan A One G
10/24 10:50 Spot Huasan A One G
Muratova's first color film transforms a conventional love triangle (two men, one woman, all construction workers) into a vividly elusive poem on the origin and inexplicability of love. Through ordinary ‘Soviet’ characters she reveals expressive individuals, transforming the industrial construction site into a tender scene of unspoken tragedies.


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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