Film Series

Of Freaks and Men: The Films of Aleksei Balabanov

 
 
Dec 3—Dec 10, 2013
 
 
 
 
 
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Arguably the most radical, defiantly uncompromising Russian director to emerge since the collapse of communism in that country, Aleksei Balabanov, who died suddenly this year at age 54, captured the Wild West atmosphere of the post-Soviet era in movies that oozed 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

 
 
PAST EVENTS
Film
Happy Days
 

Balabanov’s narrative debut is a disorienting head-trip adaptation of the Beckett play.

Tue, Dec 3, 2013
 
 
Film
The Castle
 

This eccentric take on Kafka’s absurdist novel is a swirl of surreal imagery.

Tue, Dec 3, 2013
Curator's Choice
 
 
Film
Of Freaks and Men
 

A perverse and fascinating black comedy about pornography in early-1900s Russia.

Dec 4—Dec 5, 2013
 
 
Film
Morphia
 

A young doctor succumbs to a crippling morphine addiction in this savagely funny Bulgakov adaptation.

Thu, Dec 5, 2013
 
 
Film
Dead Man's Bluff
 

Two hoodlums scramble to recover a suitcase full of heroin in this Tarantino-esque action joyride.

Fri, Dec 6, 2013
 
 
Film
Cargo 200
 

Balabanov’s riveting nightmare allegory of the Soviet years is a sickly funny horror-show.

Fri, Dec 6, 2013
 
 
Film
Brother
 

Balabanov’s breakout hit features a young man who gets sucked into a St. Petersburg crime ring.

Sat, Dec 7, 2013
 
 
Film
Brother 2
 

Baby-faced hit man Danila heads to Chicago in the blood-soaked sequel to Balabanov’s mega-hit.

Sat, Dec 7, 2013
 
 
Film
The River
 

A haunting, folkloric tale of passion and betrayal set in a remote Siberian leper colony. 

Dec 8—Dec 9, 2013
 
 
Film
Me Too
 

Tarkovsky meets Kaurismäki in this deadpan riff on the filmmaker’s revered hit Stalker.

Sun, Dec 8, 2013
 
 
Film
The Stoker
 

A furnace tender casually disposes of corpses in this unsettlingly hilarious black comedy.

Sun, Dec 8, 2013
 
 
Film
It Doesn't Hurt Me
 

Balabanov’s surprising foray into romantic drama centers on an eccentric relationship.

Tue, Dec 10, 2013
 
 
Film
War
 

Balabanov’s gripping Chechen War action drama has the structure and tension of a Western.

Tue, Dec 10, 2013