Russia on Film: Documentary Evidence

14 January 2009, 17:00 - 19:00

CRASSH

Speakers: Birgit Beumers (University of Bristol) and Jeremy Hicks (Queen Mary)

This paper explores the rise of the documentary genre in recent cinema in Russia in the context of American and European cinema on the one hand, and connecting it to documentary theatre (teatr.doc) on the other hand. Direct examples are recent international successes of contemporary Russian cinema, such as the films Shultes by Bakur Bakuradze and Everybody Dies But Me by Valeriia Gai-Germanika – both filmmakers with a documentary background. However, the influence is deeper and broader than suggested in these examples. The use of meaningless dialogue, repetitions and vulgar language betray a lack of content and a sense of loss. The concern with the recording of time and space echoes also a preoccupation with asserting presence: film holds a mirror to life where it pulsates – and this is not at the glossy surface, but on the margins of society. 

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