CONVOY / КОНВОЙ >>>

6 November, Tuesday, 8 pm | 9 November, Friday
Dir. Alexei Mizgirev
It is the story of an army captain commissioned to escort two deserters back to their unit. After the suicide of one of the deserters, the remaining soldier and the commander spend the day in Moscow. As their friendship blossoms, the cynical Captain's attitude to life is changed forever >>>

ICONOSCOPE / ИКОНОСКОП >>>

3 November, Saturday, 5.30 pm
6 November, Monday, 6 pm
Dir. Vitaliy Mansky
Iconoscope is your chance to grasp the entire history of television in 100 minutes of enthralling and paradoxical spectacle >>>

ANTON IS RIGHT HERE / АНТОН ТУТ РЯДОМ >>>

4 November, Sunday, 4 pm
Dir. Lyubov Arkus
The hero of this film is an autistic boy. His life is divided between an apartment with peeling walls on the outskirts of a large city, and a mental hospital >>>

MILANA / МИЛАНА >>>

9 November, Wednesday, 5 pm
Dir. Madina Mustafina
Milana is seven years old, and every day is a joy to her, no matter what. It is the story of what is left when people have lost everything — family and family values, good friends, job, property, home >>>

REDEMPTION / ИСКУПЛЕНИЕ >>>

5 November, Monday, 6 pm
Dir. Alexander Proshkin
Finding her mother in the arms of another man, Sasha, young komsomol, feels betrayed. She goes to the police and writes a denunciation of her closest relation >>>

ICONOSCOPE / ИКОНОСКОП >>>

3 November, Saturday, 5.30 pm
6 November, Monday, 6 pm
Dir. Vitaliy Mansky
Iconoscope is your chance to grasp the entire history of television in 100 minutes of enthralling and paradoxical spectacle >>>

ANTON IS RIGHT HERE / АНТОН ТУТ РЯДОМ >>>

4 November, Sunday, 4 pm
Dir. Lyubov Arkus
The hero of this film is an autistic boy. His life is divided between an apartment with peeling walls on the outskirts of a large city, and a mental hospital >>>

CONVOY / КОНВОЙ >>>

6 November, Tuesday, 8 pm | 9 November, Friday
Dir. Alexei Mizgirev
It is the story of an army captain commissioned to escort two deserters back to their unit. After the suicide of one of the deserters, the remaining soldier and the commander spend the day in Moscow. As their friendship blossoms, the cynical Captain's attitude to life is changed forever >>>

KOKOKO / КОКОКО >>>

7 November, Wednesday, 8 pm
10 November, Saturday, 6 pm
Dir. Avdotia Smirnova
Town and country collide in this quirky and tale of contrasts: Lisa and Vika seem to live in different worlds until a chance meeting shows them how much they have in common and how much they can learn from each other >>>

ME TOO / Я ТОЖЕ ХОЧУ >>>

8 November, Thursday, 8 pm
Dir. Alexei Balabanov
Four passengers rush in a huge black jeep along an empty road in search of the “Bell Tower of Happiness”. The Bell Tower makes people disappear. But it does not accept everyone. Each of the four passengers believes that he or she will be chosen >>>

THE CONDUCTOR / ДИРИЖЕР >>>

9 November, Friday, 8 pm
Dir. Pavel Lungin
From acclaimed director Pavel Lungin (Tsar, The Island) comes The Conductor - his most ambitious work to date. A leading conductor takes his orchestra to Jerusalem to perform the Matthew Passion: but what happens there forces him to reevaluate his entire life. Perhaps it is never too late to change? >>>

RITA'S LAST TALE / ПОСЛЕДНЯЯ СКАЗКА РИТЫ >>>

10 November, Saturday, 8 pm
11 November, Sunday, 6 pm
Dir. Renata Litvinova
Renata Litinova’s latest film is a haunting fairytale far beyond the world of the Brothers Grimm >>>

CHAPITEAU-SHOW / ШАПИТО-ШОУ >>>

Chapiteau-show part 1 - 11 November, Sunday, 4 pm
Chapiteau-show part 2 - 11 November, Sunday, 8 pm
Dir. Sergey Loban
Four groups of eccentric outsiders converge on a Crimean resort in this intricate multi-story narrative from Sergei Loban. A prize winner at last year's Moscow International Film Festival, Chapiteau Show exudes a unique and magical style that will simply leave you spellbound >>>

TILL NIGHT DO US PART / ПОКА НОЧЬ НЕ РАЗЛУЧИТ >>>

2 November, Friday, 7 pm
7 November, Wednesday, 6 pm
Dir. Boris Khlebnikov
In Moscow’s most extravagant restaurant, anything can happen. Based on real overheard conversations, this satirical comedy lifts the lid on the scandalous lives of Muscovites and the intrigues of the staff >>>

RFF6 Programme

This year's Russian Film Festival will take place at the Apollo Cinema Piccadilly, along with screenings at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Aubin Cinema. For the first time, the festival will also encompass venues outside of London in partnership with the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh.

Spy returns for an extra KinoKlub screening!

Monday 22 May 2012, 8.30pm, Apollo Piccadilly
Due to the success of our previous sell-out screenings of Spy, we are delighted to announce an extra screening has been scheduled. Catch Russia's latest hit while you can!

КиноКлуб представляет - "Жила-была одна баба"

18, 26 марта, а также 2 апреля - Apollo Piccadilly
«Те, кто не помнят прошлого, обречены переживать его вновь...»
Октябрьская революция глазами русской крестьянки.

KinoKlub – Once Upon a Time There Lived a Simple Woman/Жила-была одна баба

18, 26 March & 2 April - Apollo Piccadilly
KinoKlub's next film is a gripping historical drama charting the horror and tragedy of the Russian Revolution as seen through the eyes of Varvara, a young peasant woman.

Киноклуб в марте - 2 дня

7, 11, 12 марта, Apollo Piccadilly
Киноклуб представляет вашему вниманию невероятно актуальную и тонкую, искреннюю и нежную лирическую трагикомедию Авдотьи Смирновой о столкновении мира власти и интеллигенции, сорвавшем овации на «Кинотавре» в Сочи и 33 Московском международном кинофестивале.

KinoKlub - 2 Days / 2 дня

7, 11, 12 March - Apollo Piccadilly
KinoKlub is delighted to present 2 Days, the acclaimed romantic story starring Fyodor Bondarchuk and Xenia Rappoport. Having enchanted audiences in Russia, the film is now coming to London, giving you the chance to enjoy what is fast becoming a classic!

ДДТ – новая программа «ИНАЧЕ» + Лучшие песни

Четверг, 22 марта, Hammersmith Apollo
Легендарная группа ДДТ представит свою новую уникальную программу "Иначе" на сцене самой известной рок-площадки Лондона.

UK premiere of Orphan / Камень at KinoKlub

18, 19, 26 February, Apollo Piccadilly
Presented by director Vyacheslav Kaminsky, the gripping thriller "Orphan", starring Sergei Svetlakov, will be KinoKlub's next film.

KinoKlub - Tsar / Царь

8pm, 31 January & 2.30pm, 4 February - Apollo Piccadilly
Multi award-winning director Pavel Lungin presents his historical drama Tsar, telling the violent but fascinating story of the moral conflict between Ivan the Terrible and Metropolitan Filipp.

5th Russian Film Festival

5th Russian Film Festival, 4 - 13 November 2011

Киноклуб в январе - 2 в 1: Ёлки 2+Царь!

7,10,14, 31 января, Аполло Пикадилли
В качестве Рождественского/Новогоднего подарка от Киноклуба, в январе мы покажем не один, а целых ДВА фильма!

KinoKlub January - Yolki 2012 / ЁЛКИ 2!

7/10/14 January, Apollo Piccadilly
As a special Christmas/New Year treat, KinoKlub is showing not one, but TWO films this January!
The first film will be the UK premiere of Yolki 2012 / Ёлки 2!

KinoKlub December - Boris Godunov!

8pm, 13 / 20 December, Apollo Piccadilly
December's KinoKlub will be showing the UK premiere of Vladimir Mirzoev's contemporary adaptation of Boris Godunov, presented by the director! Only just out in Russia, this critically acclaimed film, reexamines the eternal Russian themes of crime and punishment and power and the people.

Nosferatu - Terror of the Night launches KinoKlub!

6.30pm, 1 November, Apollo Piccadilly
KinoKlub, the new Russian Film Club, launches with Vladimir Marinichev’s animated interpretation of the famous vampire story, ‘Nosferatu - Terror of the Night!’. Witty, spooky and fun, with a soundtrack by the fantastic Billy’s Band!, Nosferatu is the perfect finishing touch to your Halloween.

VIDEO POETRY

Video poetry is a new phenomena in the contemporary Russian arts scene. In today’s world, media has no limits - information is mixed together with a myriad of fast, dynamic images, and punchy sounds. Video poetry has incorporated these elements that are all around us and used them to create a new art form which has become extremely popular in Russia during the last couple of years. Leading experimental poets and film directors, including Kirill Serebrennikov and Valeria Gai Germanika, amongst others, have come together to create films based on poems read by the poets themselves. The performances are also strongly influenced by European artists of the 70s and 80s, such as Gianni Toti, Richard Kostelanetz, Arnaldo Antunes and Caterina Davinio, whose experimental work was considered arthouse and cutting edge thirty years ago, but seems to strike a chord with the world we live in today. In our culture of multi-media, the merging of poetry, music and film feels only natural. ACADEMIA ROSSICA will be premiering three programmes of video poetry at SLOVO literature festival. The three programmes will offer a unique opportunity to see the works of fifteen of the most important names in Russian video poetry, including Andrei Rodionov, Inna Kabysh and Alina Butokhnovskaya. Programme 1 & 3 will be screened at the Apollo Cinema, Piccadilly at 18.30 on 20 & 22 April. To book tickets, call 0871 220 6000 or go to www.apollocinemas.com Programme 2 includes readings from cutting edge contemporary Russian and British poets and takes place at Calvert 22 art gallery at 18.30. Attendance is by invitation only. These events are part of the SLOVO festival and organised in collaboration with Tom Chivers and Penned in the Margins. These programmes are curated by Andrei Rodionov, one of the leading contemporary Russian poets and Ekaterina Troepolskaya, who also curates the Piataya Noga video poetry festival.

The 4th Russian Film Festival

29 October - 7 November, Apollo Piccadilly
The 4th Russian Film starts this Friday, 29 October, featuring the best in new Russian film, documentaries and animation and opens with The Ugly Duckling, master animator Garry Bardin's sparky and affecting stop-motion animation with Orwellian overtones. All films are shown in Russian with English subtitles.

4th Russian Film Festival

4th Russian Film Festival, 29 October – 7 November Dear Friends! The Russian Film Festival is getting ready to present London with this year's best premieres in Russian cinema. The Main Programme As always, the main festival programme showcases the best Russian films, award-winners at major international and Russian film festivals. These films include, 'Silent Souls' (Ovsyanki), directed by Alexei Fedorchenko and winner of three prizes at the Venice Film Festival, 'How I Ended This Summer' by Alexei Popogrebsky, awarded prizes for best actor and best cinematography at the Berlinale, 'One War' by Vera Glagoleva, Grand Prix winner at Sofia International Film Festival and Russia's nomination for the Oscars and Svetlana Proscurina's latest film 'The Truce', winner of the main prize at Kinotavr. As in previous years, guests include directors, producers and actors who come to London specially to present their films at the festival. Documentaries – 'Noughties Art' This year's documentary programme sums up the last decade with screenings of the ten best Russian documentary films, one for each year. The programme is presented by the great director and documentary maker, Vitaly Mansky, president of the ArtDocFest. Animation Alongside the main programme and documentaries, we have also put together a comprehensive and diverse programme of animation. As part of our festival 'Astral dogs Belka and Strelka' take a trip to outer space captained by director Inna Evlannikova, while Irina Evteeva, famous for her graceful and original style, brings 'Little Tragedies' to the screen. These films will capture the hearts of adults and childen alike. As well as an extensive programme of full length animation, we will be screening a special programme for our young audiences, presenting the best of award-winning Russian animated films of recent years Special Screenings This year's film festival also includes a retrospective of the great actor and director Sergei Bondarchuk's films and the works of Leo Tolstoy on film, as well as a retrospective of masters of Soviet and Russian animation. Venue For the fourth year in a row the Russian Film Festival will take place at the Apollo Piccadilly, one of London's best cinemas.

Maria Galina appears in a prestigious poetry award shortlist

We are excited to tell you that Maria Galina's book ‘On Two Feet’ made top ten poetical collections in 2009 according to Moskovski Schyot (The Moscow Tally) literary prize. The overall winner of the prize will be named tomorrow on Friday at the 5th Moscow International Book Festival, one hour before Maria will appear at Apollo cinema in London to read her poetry at the event organised by Academia Rossica. We congratulate Maria with this huge achievement and keep our fingers crossed that she takes the first prize.

«Щепотка абсурда» - с Дмитрием Быковым

30 мая, 17:00, Apollo Cinema
Дмитрий Быков представит премьерный в Великобритании показ новейших российских анимационных фильмов, созданных по мотивам произведений самых остроумных русских писателей – Чехова, Кржижановского и Маяковского. Среди них – «Очумелов», получивший премию «Ника-2010» в номинации «Лучший анимационный фильм»

Вечер с Дмитрием Быковым

27 мая, 19:00, Apollo Cinema
Приглашаем Вас на вечер с Дмитрием Быковым, одним из самых харизматичных и ярких представителей современной интеллектуальной России. Лауреат многих литературных премий, включая «Национальный бестселлер» и «Большая книга», острый публицист, блестящий рассказчик , теле- и радиоведущий, страстный киноман – Дмитрий Быков не нуждается в представлении.

A Pinch of Absurdity - with Dmitry Bykov

Sunday 30 May, 5pm, Apollo Cinema
Immerse yourself in the world of surrealist Russian animation! On this very special Sunday evening we will be holding a one off screening of spectacular new Russian award-winning animations, presented by the famous Russian writer, Dmitry Bykov. The animations are based on stories by some of Russia’s wittiest writers, such as Chekhov, Krzhizhanovsky, Mayakovsky and Kharms, and include the Nika prize

An evening with Dmitry Bykov

Thursday 27 May, 7pm, Apollo Cinema
Dmitry Bykov is one of Russia most charismatic and controversial intellectual figures – an award winning writer, a phenomenal film buff and a successful tv and radio presenter. Dmitry will be interviewed by Alexander Kan from BBC World Service. They will be discussing today’s Russia, Bykov’s latest books, including Living Souls, which has recently been published in Britain, new Russian films and the crossover themes in Russian and and British culture (in Russian).

Press Release

On 19 – 25 April ACADEMIA ROSSICA will bring you SLOVO, the Russian Literature Festival that knows no boundaries. Packed with a kaleidoscope of genre-defying events, SLOVO will offer a unique insight into Russian literary culture, presenting not only the foremost contemporary Russian writers and highly opinionated public figures, such as Dmitry Bykov, Sergei Lukyanenko, Olga Slavnikova, Maria Galina and Vladimir Sharov, but also cutting edge young writers and poets from right across Russia’s eleven time zones. This year’s festival sees a particular focus on fantasy and magical realism. Lukyanenko’s 'Night Watch' series clearly comes under this genre, but ‘Living Souls’ by Dmitry Bykov,‘2017’ by Olga Slavnikova and ‘Iramifications’ by Maria Galina, all newly published in English, have also been influenced by this notable undercurrent of Russian writing. Our authors will present their new books in light of this genre, which has its roots in the 19th and 20th century literary greats, Gogol, Bulgakov, Zamyatin and Platonov, while Lev Danilkin, literary critic and ‘Afisha’ columnist will explore why Russian literature has a tendency to look at reality through a prism of the unreal. In addition to events with established authors, SLOVO will introduce Russia’s newest literary voices. Olga Slavnikova, herself an award-winning writer, is the coordinator of Russia’s prestigious Debut prize for young writers and will present six Debut prize winners at this year’s festival, including three of Russian literature’s rising stars, Polina Klyukina from Perm, Alisa Ganieva from Dagestan and Alexander Gritsenko from Astrakhan. Key to this festival is the belief that literature can act as an instrument of social and political change and can help to bring two cultures together. For this reason SLOVO will coincide with the London Book Fair, where ties between the Russian and British publishing industry have already been strengthened by naming Russia Guest of Honour and Market Focus of the London Book Fair 2011. SLOVO will continue in this spirit with unique collaborative events between Russian and British poets, as well as providing numerous opportunities for cross-cultural discussions. Indeed, as the slogan ‘WORDS IN ACTION’ may suggest, SLOVO is not just about the written word. Film also plays an important part in this year’s festival. SLOVO will hold the first ever screening of Russian underground video poetry in the UK and the London premiere of Aliona Van der Horst’s hauntingly beautiful film on poet Boris Ryzhy. SLOVO’s broad spectrum of events will be held across several venues, Waterstones Piccadilly, Waterstones Hampstead, The Calvert 22 Gallery and the Apollo cinema. Come and join us for this un-missable chance to witness literature in transition!

Ryzhy

Boris Ryzhy Director Aliona van der Horst NETHERLANDS/2008/BETACAM/COLOUR/59 MIN/RUSSIAN ENGLISH SUBTITLES Prize-winning documentary film by Aliona van der Horst about Russian poet Boris Ryzhy "All of my poems speak only of love and death," wrote Russian poet Boris Ryzhy (1974-2001) in 2000. "But all the same, I'm happy with my wife and son." One year later, the charming young tough, who had already achieved considerable literary renown, hanged himself-in so doing following in the footsteps of many Russian artists before him. The author of a thousand poems and recipient of Russia's most prestigious literary prize, he was only 26 years old. Trying to understand what drove him to suicide, van der Horst uncovers the hidden drama of the entire perestroika generation, for which Boris Ryzhy was the standard bearer. "We were deprived of communism without being given access to capitalism," explains his widow. The perestroika years of the Yeltsin era, a time that we in the West associate with democracy and freedom, have an entirely different meaning in the anarchic streets of Yekaterinenburg, the industrial city where Ryzhy grew up and which so marked his life and work. However, despite this dark reality, Ryzhy's love of life is what comes to the fore in van der Horst's poetic film: through his work, pain is transformed into grace.

VIDEO POETRY

Video poetry is a new phenomena in the contemporary Russian arts scene. In today’s world, media has no limits - information is mixed together with a myriad of fast, dynamic images, and punchy sounds. Video poetry has incorporated these elements that are all around us and used them to create a new art form which has become extremely popular in Russia during the last couple of years. Leading experimental poets and film directors, including Kirill Serebrennikov and Valeria Gai Germanika, amongst others, have come together to create films based on poems read by the poets themselves. The performances are also strongly influenced by European artists of the 70s and 80s, such as Gianni Toti, Richard Kostelanetz, Arnaldo Antunes and Caterina Davinio, whose experimental work was considered arthouse and cutting edge thirty years ago, but seems to strike a chord with the world we live in today. In our culture of multi-media, the merging of poetry, music and film feels only natural. ACADEMIA ROSSICA will be premiering three programmes of video poetry at SLOVO literature festival. The three programmes will offer a unique opportunity to see the works of fifteen of the most important names in Russian video poetry, including Andrei Rodionov, Inna Kabysh and Alina Butokhnovskaya. Programme 1 & 3 will be screened at the Apollo Cinema, Piccadilly at 18.30 on 20 & 22 April. To book tickets, call 0871 220 6000 or go to www.apollocinemas.com Programme 2 includes readings from cutting edge contemporary Russian and British poets and takes place at Calvert 22 art gallery at 18.30. Attendance is by invitation only. These events are part of the SLOVO festival and organised in collaboration with Tom Chivers and Penned in the Margins. These programmes are curated by Andrei Rodionov, one of the leading contemporary Russian poets and Ekaterina Troepolskaya, who also curates the Piataya Noga video poetry festival.

SLOVO 2012

SLOVO Russian Literature Festival 19 - 25 April 2010 London and other UK cities Russian Literature Week is back for the third time, held in the same week as the London Book Fair. The aim is to highlight Russian writers and publishers, both in London and on an international scale. This year's SLOVO will also showcase the new generation of writers, exciting new poets and the fascinating culture scene of today's Russia.

3rd Russian Film Festival

3rd RUSSIAN FILM FESTIVAL 30 October – 8 November 2009 Apollo Piccadilly, London T: 0871 220 6000 Academia Rossica is proud to present 10 UK premieres of award-winning Russian films produced in 2008-2009. All films with English subtitles. Programme director: Andrey Plakhov, President of FIPRESCI. The festival opens on 30 October with a new adaptation of Anna Karenina by one of Russia’s most defiant film directors, Sergei Soloviev. The film took 14 years to make and it is part of Soloviev’s trilogy ASSA (1987) – ASSA-2 (2009) – Anna Karenina (2009). Full programme of the Festival:
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