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Barbican Film: Andrei Konchalovsky Directorspective

This January, Barbican Film’s regular director retrospective series presents the films of one of Russia’s best known and revered Russian film makers, Andrei Konchalovsky.

Konchalovsky was student to the celebrated Mosfilm veteran Mikhail Romm at VKIG (Moscow State Film School) and his filmmaking career has seen him receive both censorship and major awards such as Venice Grand Special Jury Prize for his 2002 work, House of Fools (2002).

This is going to be a fantastic event with an introduction by Konchalovsky to his self-penned satire Gloss (2007) on the 20th and a ScreenTalk discussing his expose of the Chechen conflict House of Fools (for which he was attacked in Russia by critics for being “warmongering,”) on the 22nd.

The films being screened cover Konchalovsky’s early and more recent works including his first full length debut film First Teacher (1961) on the 29th and what is regarded as one of the greatest Russian language films, Uncle Vanya (1970) on the 30th.

For more information see the Barbican website. 

Joe Walsh