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Master in Focus: Kira Muratova

Kira Muratova (1934–2018), one of the most significant and original voices of Soviet and Ukrainian cinema, is remembered as a fearless filmmaker who dared to poke at open historical wounds. Mostly restored, all the films in this program are provided by The National Oleksandr Dovzhenko Film Center. Of all the (post-)Soviet auteurs, Kira Muratova was arguably the most variable, controversial and sardonic. Right from the start of Muratova’s career 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 the human condition. Until her passing in 2018, she made 22 films over the course of six decades.

Brief Encounters

1967 USSR DCP 96min

The Long Farewell

1971 USSR DCP 95min

The Asthenic Syndrome

1989 USSR DCP 153min

Eternal Homecoming

2012 Ukraine DCP 114min