Wednesday 26 September 2018

At the Art Gallery of NSW - COSMIC FUTURES: VISIONARY RUSSIAN CINEMA - Season starts November 4

The Ascent (Larisa Shepitko, USSR, 1977)
In 1915, Russian artist Kazimir Malevich’s Black square heralded a beginning and end for modern art. Cosmic futures asks, where to from here? In the wake of the Russian Revolution in 1917, cinema became a new testing ground for bold aesthetic experimentation. Malevich’s impulse to free art from the ‘dead weight of the real world’ migrated from the black square to the white screen. A new utopian state needed a new film language. 
Screening in conjunction with the exhibition Masters of modern art from the Hermitage, this film series unites early Soviet slapstick, Moscow high melodrama and sci-fi masterpieces. 
That’s the opening couple of sentences from the Art Gallery of NSW film season titled Cosmic futures: Visionary Russian cinemawhich runs from November to February (with a Christmas break) at the AGNSW Domain Theatre. Film titles include major work by Alexander Sokurov, Dziga Vertov, Alexander Medvedkin, Andrei Tarkovsky, Larisa Shepitko, Mikhail Kalatozov, Chantal Akerman and Andrey Zvyagintsev.

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Aelita (Yakov Protazanov, USSR, 1924)

The season opens on November 4 with a special cine-concert featuring the silent classic  Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924) on the silver screen, with a newly commissioned live score by acclaimed Sydney electronic artist Lucy Cliché. 

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