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Mary Neuburger, Chair BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Film Screening: Night Watch, presented for "Eclectic Tour" Spring film series

Wed, February 22, 2012 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM • BUR 136

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The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and the Center for European Studies present: 

Spring film series: An Eclectic Tour

 This spring CREEES and CES continue their eclectic tour through the movies of the region, from gritty Russian thrillers to touching Czech comedy.  Join us on Wednesdays as we explore the rich variety of Russian, East European and Eurasian cinema.

Night Watch

February 22, 2012 at 7:00 PM

 BUR 136 Burdine Hall
(note new location, different from last semester)

Night Watch – (dir. Timur Bekmambetov, 2004) Among normal humans live the "Others" possessing various supernatural powers. They are divided up into the forces of light and the forces of the dark, who signed a truce several centuries ago to end a devastating battle. Ever since, the forces of light govern the day while the night belongs to their dark opponents. In modern day Moscow the dark Others actually roam the night as vampires while a "Night Watch" of light forces, among them Anton, the movie's protagonist, try to control them and limit their outrage.

  All movies are free and have English subtitles

March 7: Kolja/Kolya - (dir. Jan Svĕrák, 1996)  Academy award winner for Best Foreign Film, Kolya tells the story of an unexpected friendship between an aging Czech man and a five-year-old Russian boy.  Set around the time of the Velvet Revolution, the film is thoughtful and moving.  Stars director Jan Svĕrák's father Zdeněk Svĕrák as the musician Louka.

March 21: Русалка/Mermaid - (dir. Anna Melikyan, 2009).  This sweet, playful comedy is a loose adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's classic fairy tale "The Little Mermaid."  It tells the story of Alice, a teenage girl with the ability to make wishes come true, and her trip to the wonderland that is Moscow.  A box office smash and winner of numerous awards, it was Russia's official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film category to the 2009 Academy Awards.

April 4: Ма́ленькая Ве́ра/Little Vera - (dir. Vasili Pichul, 1989.)  This gritty perestroika-era gem was the most successful Soviet film in the US since Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears.  Young Vera lives in a small Russian town with her parents, whose alcoholism and unrealistic expectations begin to take their toll.  Through a love affair, she begins to rebel, and comes of age in an explicit, surprisingly un-Soviet way.

April 18: Русский ковчег/Russian Ark- (dir. Alexander Sokurov, 2002).  Join our unnamed guide and narrator on a sweeping tour through three hundred years of Russian history.  Sokurov's remarkable film was shot in the glorious Hermitage Museum, in a single take with a cast of thousands.  More of a prose-poem than a narrative story, this incredibly beautiful film will be all the more stunning on the big screen.  Not to be missed!

Sponsored by: The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, and the Center for European Studies


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