Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 - Sun, Nov 3, 2013
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Presented by the American Cinematheque and Roskino, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, with the support of Aeroflot.

Vladimir Lenin once declared, "The cinema is for us the most important of all the arts," and the Soviet system fostered such master directors as Sergei Eisenstein and Andrei Tarkovsky - even as it imposed rigid censorship on their work. The collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s brought greater creative freedom, drawing Andrei Konchalovsky back after a stint making American hits like RUNAWAY TRAIN, and the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar for Nikita Mikhalkov’s BURNT BY THE SUN highlighted the renewed artistic potential for Russian cinema.

With a generation of directors like Andrey Zvyagintsev (THE RETURN) and Alexander Sokurov (THE RUSSIAN ARK) on the rise, it’s a revolutionary time for Russian film. Local audiences will turn out in great numbers for crowd-pleasers like the patriotic hockey drama THE LEGEND OF NO. 17, but homegrown hits now must compete in theaters with Hollywood blockbusters. With the inaugural edition of our Doors to Russian Cinema series, the American Cinematheque seeks to introduce Los Angeles audiences to some of Russia’s best new films.

Series includes THE THIRST, THE ROLE, THE GAME OF TRUTH and SOULLESS. Additional films will screen at AFI and the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

All films in Russian with English subtitles unless otherwise noted. Series compiled by Gwen Deglise. Program notes by John Hagelston.

Aero TheatreFri, Nov 1, 2013 - Sun, Nov 3, 2013
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Films in this Series at the Aero

Los Angeles Premiere! Producer Leonid Vereschagin In Person!
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 - 7:30pm
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Los Angeles Premieres! Producers Yuriy Sapronov & Leonid Shoub In Person!
Sat, Nov 2, 2013 - 6:30pm
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Los Angeles Premieres! Director Roman Prigounov & Producer Andrey Novikov In Person!
Sun, Nov 3, 2013 - 7:30pm
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