White Tiger

Wednesday 18 December, 6.30 pm
Empire Leicester Square
Don't miss the one and only screening of Karen Shakhnazarov's critically acclaimed 2012 film White Tiger, coming to a cinema near you on 18 December!

White Tiger

Wednesday 18 December
Empire Leicester Square
Don't miss the one and only screening of Karen Shakhnazarov's critically acclaimed 2012 film White Tiger, coming to a cinema near you on 18 December!

7th Russian Film Festival Closing Night

London Lion Award Ceremony
Sunday 17 November 2013
The May Fair Theatre, Stratton St, London W1J 8LT

Chingiz Aitmatov 85th Anniversary

Sat 31 August 2013 - Sun 01 September 2013
Rossotrudnichestvo. 37 Kensington High Street, London W8 5ED
A series of events dedicated to the writer Chingiz Aitmatov, featuring screenings of movies based on his works.

Screening of Tarkovsky’s ‘Solaris’ introduced by Will Self

13 June, 7.30pm
Curzon Renoir Cinema, The Brunswick, London WC1N 1AW
Cuzon Cinemas welcomes back 'À Nos Amours' to present a 35mm screening of Solaris by Andrei Tarkovsky (1972), which will be introduced by renowned novelist, essayist and journalist Will Self.

Mari Vanna & Academia Rossica Film Nights

Tuesday, 22 January, 9 pm
Mari Vana restaurant, London
'The Goddess: How I Fell in Love' by Renata Litvinova

A Radio Gagarin Special - The Women's Revolution

5 December, Wednesday, 7.30 pm
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road
Ignite your inner babushka!

Special Screening of ICONOSCOPE for University Students

Wednesday 7 November, 2pm
London Film School

Russian films at the BFI London Film Festival

10-21 October 2012
We are pleased to announce that five Russian films have been selected to be screened at the 56th BFI London Film Festival, joining a host of other films from over 60 countries that make up this unique series of events.

Screening of Tarkovsky’s Nostalgia + Q&A

Wednesday 26 September 2012, 18:15
Cine Lumiere, 17 Queensberry Place, SW7 2DT London
A deeply personal film, Nostalghia was the first feature film that Tarkovsky made outside the USSR. Suffused with exquisite cinematography by Giuseppe Lanci and music by Beethoven, Wagner, Verdi and Debussy, Nostalghia has been called the most poetic and beautiful of all Tarkovsky's works.

The Blue God
One of the greatest of Diagilev's restored ballets.

28 July 2012, 6.30pm
The Screening Room, MPC, 127 Wardour Street, London, W1F 0NL
Following An Evening with Andris Liepa, there will be a screening of the mysterious and gracious The Blue God. Andris Liepa's revival of a Ballet Russes performance now a century old reconnects with the golden age under Diaghilev, whilst continuing a tradition of innovation and beautiful dance.

An Evening with Andris Liepa
The Liepa Family - International Ballet Legends

28 July 2012, 6.30pm
The Screening Room, MPC, 127 Wardour Street, London, W1F 0NL
Academia Rossica, in collaboration with Snob, is delighted to invite you to a very special evening with the legendary Liepa family. Ballet star Andris Liepa will host a retrospective of the life and career of his father, Maris Liepa, one of the greatest dancers and choreographers of the Bolshoi Ballet’s Golden Age.

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!

Alexander Sokurov’s award-winning film Faust is released in UK cinemas

Alexander Sokurov’s lates award-winning masterpiece Faust will be released in UK cinemas on 11 May. Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, the film completes Sokurov's loose tetralogy on the lives of historical figures.

Russian Films at ICA

Various dates in March, ICA
Three fascinating documentaries on contemporary Russia will be shown at the ICA in March.

5th Russian Film Festival

5th Russian Film Festival, 4 - 13 November 2011

Photos from the Russian Film Festival

The fifth Russian Film Festival has now come to an end - relive the highlights through these photos of the opening night, special guests, including Victor Ginzburg and Andrei Fomin, masterclasses with Sergei Selyanov and Alexei Popogrebsky and much more!

Where Art Meets Film - CINE FANTOM at Tate Modern

Friday 16 September – Sunday 25 September 2011
Tate Modern is showcasing the work of the extraordinary Moscow film club CINE FANTOM, which is 25 years old this year.

Kosmos: A Soviet Space Odyssey - Part 1

8 July - 21 August
The British Film Institute, in association with Academia Rossica, brings the best of Soviet science fiction to London.


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 festival 2010

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.

Russia 88

28 November, 4pm
Another chance to catch Pavel Bardin's 'mockumentary', documenting the rise of xenophobia and nationalism in Russia. Followed by a Q&A with the director.

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.

Emmanuel Carrère & Tibor Fischer on Identity

29 September, 7.30pm at the Institut français
Author of 'A Russian Novel' Emmanuel Carrère joins Tibor Fischer for a talk on Identity. A Russian Novel traces Carrère’s pursuit of three obsessions: a good story, the disappearance of his Russian grandfather and his fascination with a woman he loves but cannot keep from destroying.
The talk will be followed by the screening of Emmanuel Carrère's documentary on Russia, Retour à Kotelnitch

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.

Preview of The Concert starring Aleksei Guskov

Thursday 10 June, 8.30pm, Ciné lumière
Winner, Best Music for Film and Best Sound, César Awards 2010
Thirty years ago, Andrei Simoniovich Filipov (Aleksei Guskov) was the celebrated conductor of the renowned Bolshoi Orchestra. But during the communist era, he was fired at the height of his fame for refusing to get rid of all his Jewish musicians. Now demoted to the position of cleaner at the Bolshoi, he learns by chance that the Châtelet Theatre in Paris has invited the Orchestra to perform there. Andrei decides to reunite his orchestra and to perform in Paris in the place of the current Bolshoi Orchestra.

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

'A Room and a Half' in UK cinemas from 7 May

Yume Pictures and Academia Rossica are delighted to invite you to a special screening of the film 'A Room and a Half' at 8pm on 10 May at Cine Lumière, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DT, followed by Q&A with director Andrey Khrzhanovsky and actress Alisa Freyndlikh. It is a beautifully mesmerising film based on the life of the Russian poet Joseph Brodsky.

Russian films at the East End Film Festival

We are as disappointed as you are that the ash cloud stopped our Russian authors from making it to the UK for our SLOVO festival. However, the festival has not been cancelled, merely postponed. We are working hard to bring the events to London at a later date, so keep a close eye on our website! In the meantime, Academia Rossica is delighted to support The East End Film Festival (22 April – Friday 30) in their focus on new Russian cinema.

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!

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.

Russian Culture Day

28 June, 14.00-23.00
Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL
A day of Russian culture to celebrate the year of youth. There will be a screening of the film 'Peter FM' with English subtitles at 14.00 followed by an art workshop, a quiz, a concert from participants in the Russian Song Contest 2009 and then live Russian music and a food and drinks buffet.

Documentary Fiction vs. Fictional Documentary

25/09 at 4.00pm
Apollo West End
A roundtable discussion on the past, present and future of documentary filmmaking. Top Russian and British filmmakers and critics will discuss the changing boundaries between documentary and fiction in contemporary film. The discussion will be followed by a screening of a new film by Vitaly Mansky ‘Virginity’ (text by Dmitry Bykov).
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