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Film Screening: Русалка/Mermaid, presented for "Eclectic Tour" Spring film series

Wed, March 21, 2012 • 5:00 PM - 7:00 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.

Русалка/Mermaid

March 21, 2012 at 7:00 PM

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

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.

  All movies are free and have English subtitles

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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