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HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER

HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER

Directed by Alexei Popogrebsky
  • YEAR 8 - FILM 10 / 
  • Russian Federation / 
  • 2010 / 
  • Russian with English subtitles / 
  • 130 min

"Gripping!...a suspenseful man-braving-the-elements adventure movie!"
- Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"Heart-stopping! Rich in resonance...a King Lear-type epic of madness and the elements of ... a tale of extraordinary endurance."
- Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

"One of the best films to come from Russia in recent years—Don't miss it!"
- Miranda Siegel, New York Magazine
PARADISE

PARADISE

  • Russian Federation / 
  • 2016 / 
  • Russian, German & French with English subtitles / 
  • 130 min

"Russian veteran Andrei Konchalovsky is on robust form in this richly monochrome, perspective-rotating Holocaust drama."
- Guy Lodge, Variety

"... persuasively acted, elegantly shot in black and white and altogether a handsome prestige period production..."
- Jonathan Romney, Screen International

"...the great Russian DoP Alexander Simonov...works chiaroscuro wonders with what the end credits identify as a combination of 35mm and 16mm stock, his 4:3 black-and-white images and complex lighting set-ups often harking back to golden-age monochrome cinematography. "
- Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter
ROADS TO KOKTEBEL

ROADS TO KOKTEBEL

  • YEAR 3 - FILM 8 / 
  • Russian Federation / 
  • 2003 / 
  • Russian with English subtitles / 
  • 105 min

"In less talented hands, the plot could have turned into just another road movie. Instead, [Popogrebsky and Khlebnikov's] taut script, skill with performers and loving eye for natural beauty create a film that recalls vintage Terrence Malick."
- Leslie Felperin, Variety
THE ISLAND

THE ISLAND

Directed by Pavel Lounguine
  • YEAR 5 - FILM 6 / 
  • Russian Federation / 
  • 2006 / 
  • Russian with English subtitles / 
  • 112 min
Winner - Best Film - Moscow Int'l Film Festival
Winner - Best Actor - Moscow Int'l Film Festival

"This parable about faith and salvation is addressed to the same kind of broad-minded arthouse audience drawn to spiritual themes."
- Deborah Young, Variety