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FILM – We Recommend The Films of Aleksei Balabanov 12/3-10 BAM

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Film Series

Of Freaks and Men: The Films of Aleksei Balabanov

Dec 3—Dec 10, 2013

Arguably the most radical, defiantly uncompromising Russian director to emerge since the collapse of communism in that region, Aleksei Balabanov, who died suddenly this year at age 54, captured the Wild West atmosphere of the post-Soviet era in movies that oozed with caustic irony, macabre humor, and outré violence. Moving between offbeat experimental works and more mainstream, but equally personal, genre films, Balabanov—already a cult sensation in Russia—is ripe for discovery. All films directed by Aleksei Balabanov.

TransCultural Express: Russian and American Arts Today is proudly co-presented in partnership with the Mikhail Prokhorov Fund

Film
Happy Days
Tue, Dec 3, 2013

Shot in grainy, expressive black and white, Balabanov’s striking narrative debut is a freewheeling, disorienting head-trip adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s absurdist stage work.

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The Castle
Tue, Dec 3, 2013

Balabanov’s second feature—a characteristically eccentric take on Kafka’s absurdist novel—is a swirl of surrealistic imagery with a score by the pioneering experimental cult musician Sergey Kuryokhin.

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Of Freaks and Men
Dec 4—Dec 5, 2013

Balabanov’s perverse and fascinating black comedy concerns a pair of sinister pornographers who overturn the lives of two families in early-1900s St. Petersburg.

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Film
Morphia
Thu, Dec 5, 2013

A young doctor succumbs to a crippling morphine addiction during the Bolshevik Revolution in this bleak, savagely funny vision of societal decay based on a collection of Bulgakov short stories.

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Film
Dead Man’s Bluff
Fri, Dec 6, 2013

Balabanov reportedly spilled fifty liters of fake blood for this Tarantino-esque action joyride about two hoodlum brothers who scramble to recover a suitcase full of heroin.

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Film
Cargo 200
Fri, Dec 6, 2013

Like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre transposed to 1984 USSR, Balabanov’s prize-winning ultra-nightmare—based on a shocking true crime incident—is a grim, sickly funny horror-show commentary on the Soviet era.

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Brother
Sat, Dec 7, 2013

Balabanov’s “terrifically stylish” (The New York Times)  breakout commercial hit—about a young man who gets sucked into St. Petersburg’s criminal underworld—captures post-Soviet Russian youth in grimy detail.

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Brother 2
Sat, Dec 7, 2013

Balabanov cranked the action up to 11 for this bathed-in-blood sequel to his mega hit, in which baby-faced hit man Danila heads to Chicago to avenge the death of an old army buddy.

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Film
The River
Dec 8—Dec 9, 2013

Balabanov’s fascinating, fragmented blend of fiction and ethnography is a haunting, almost folkloric tale of passion and betrayal set in a remote Siberian leper colony

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Film
Me Too
Sun, Dec 8, 2013

Tarkovsky meets Kaurismäki in this deadpan riff on the revered filmmaker’s sci-fi film Stalker. A ragtag gaggle of thugs, punk rockers, and societal outcasts embark on a pilgrimage in search of enlightenment.

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Film
The Stoker
Sun, Dec 8, 2013

Balabanov’s blackest of black comedies—about a St. Petersburg furnace tender who quietly looks the other way as mobsters deliver corpses to him for incineration—is unsettlingly hilarious.

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Film
It Doesn’t Hurt Me
Tue, Dec 10, 2013

Balabanov took a surprising detour into romantic drama with this poignant, offbeat character study about a young entrepreneur and an eccentric woman dying of leukemia.

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Film
War
Tue, Dec 10, 2013

This gritty and gripping action drama set during the Second Chechen War has the structure and tension of a classical Western, following a doomed mission to rescue hostages from enemy territory.

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