Film reviews and more

Day: 17 November 2013

Russian Film Festival 2013: Winter Path review

★★★☆☆ Despite Putin’s ‘gay propaganda’ law banning the promotion of “non-standard sexual relations”, Liubov Lvova and Sergei Taramaev’s Winter Path (2013) somehow managed to gain a distribution licence from the Ministry of Culture – though its […]

Russian Film Festival 2013: ‘Shame’ review

★★★★☆ Yusup Razykov’s Shame (Styd, 2013) continues the Uzbekistani director’s sociopolitical critique of Russian society with a maritime tragedy that echoes the contentious Kursk submarine catastrophe, which resulted in the deaths of 118 sailors after Russian […]

Russian Film Festival 2013: ‘Pipeline’ review

★★★★☆ Winner of the Best Documentary prize at Karlovy Vary, Vitaly Mansky’s Pipeline (2013) explores the connections between those living along the route of the Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhgorod pipeline through the abstractions and inferences of their everyday lives. […]

Russian Film Week 2013: Intimate Parts review

★★★☆☆ The debut feature from Natasha Merkulova, Intimate Parts (2013) is an acerbic and comedic exploration of attitudes towards sexuality amongst the intelligentsia of contemporary Russian society. Attempting to debunk the media conceived misconception that Russians […]

Russian Film Festival 2013: ‘Bite the Dust’ review

★★★☆☆ The only Russian film to appear at Cannes this year, Taisia Igumentseva’s debut feature Bite the Dust (2013) confounded critics typically more accustomed to the solemn social realism of post-Soviet cinema. However, behind the film’s […]

Russian Film Festival 2013: ‘Betrayal’ review

★★☆☆☆ Themes of distrust, obsession and revenge all combine to somewhat underwhelming effect in Kirill Serebrennikov’s Betrayal (2012), a downbeat and ironically passionless excursion into restrained melodrama. Blending some deft and weighty camerawork with an oblique […]