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Timeless classics, new films from directors – favorites of international film festivals and impressive debuts.

On August 28, the annual cultural action “Cinema Night” will take place. The program includes lectures on the history of cinema, excursions to the Museum of Cinema and, of course, film screenings. Entrance to all events is free, most of them can be accessed by registration on the site… The organizers warn: free seats may appear at any time, so it is better to periodically update the registration page for an event of interest.

For those who have not yet found their way around the campaign displays, see this article. It contains 10 very different films – both feature films and documentaries.

“The circus”, directed by Grigory Alexandrov, USSR (1936)

Time: 14:00 Place: Cinema “Cosmos” (Prospect Mira, building 109) Age limit: 0+

The sparkling comedy with Lyubov Orlova as the American circus performer Marion Dixon, who found happiness in the USSR, was filmed 85 years ago, but has passed the test of time – “Circus” can still be watched with interest. Especially on the big screen, and even on tape. It will be possible to celebrate the anniversary of the ageless classics on Saturday, but for now, read a large article about the filming of the film and its original source written by Ilf and Petrov.

The first appearance of the Moscow metro on the screen. How the film “Circus” was made

By the way, Lyubov Orlova can be seen twice during the “Cinema Night” (do not forget register): at 20:30 at the Northern River Station, the screening of Aleksandrov’s film “Volga, Volga” will begin. The location of the show was not chosen by chance: it was here in 1938 that some of the scenes of the comedy were filmed.

“Yellow cat”, directed by Adilkhan Yerzhanov, Kazakhstan (2020)

Time: 21:00 Location: State Tretyakov Gallery (10 Lavrushinsky Lane) Age limit: 16+

Adilkhan Yerzhanov is one of the most famous contemporary Kazakhstani directors. His films take part in international film festivals in Cannes (France), Seoul (South Korea), Tokyo (Japan), Toronto (Canada), Venice (Italy), Moscow and receive prizes and high marks from film critics.

“Yellow Cat” will appeal to film fans – the film contains many references to the masterpieces of world cinema. The main character, an innocent guy Kermek (Azamat Nigmanov), who is very fond of Jean-Pierre Melville’s film “Samurai”, wants to get a job in a rural store, but finds himself in a criminal mess. The plot and the film language have a little bit of “Taxi Driver” by Martin Scorsese, the classic Hollywood musical “Singing in the Rain” by Gene Kelly and films by Aki Kaurismaki.

“Nefootball”, directed by Maxim Sveshnikov, Russia (2021)

Time: 19:00 Place: cinema “Cosmos” (Prospect Mira, building 109) Age limit: 12+

A sports comedy about a women’s football team will be released in Russia on September 1, but the guests of “Night of Cinema” have a chance to see it before the premiere.

The main character, a girl with a boyish name Danya (Lyubov Aksenova), has to prove to others all her life that her hobby for football is not a whim. The football team, of which she is the captain, faces closure. Danya gathers her friends, with whom she played football as a child, and begins to fight for a place on the field. In addition to the skeptical attitude of the male coach, who is confident that women’s football is not real football, the girls will have to overcome the resistance of relatives, their own complexes and fears.

Time: 18:00 Location: New Tretyakov Gallery (10 Krymsky Val Street) Age limit: 16+

The walker Antonin (Maxim Godette) and five women associated with him by kinship, love, business and other relationships, argue and swear against the backdrop of beautiful landscapes, observing a social distance. As we listen to their dialogues, we immerse ourselves in Antonin’s life, full of paradoxes. He writes and steals everything that is bad, lives in a friend’s car and unsuccessfully searches for himself.

The absurd comedy, written and directed by the favorite of the jury of the world’s largest film festivals, Denis Cote, will appeal to those who love a leisurely rhythm, long plans and non-trivial humor. The film premiered this year at the Berlin Film Festival.

Time: 21:30 Place: Cinema “Cosmos” (Prospect Mira, 109) Age limit: 16+

Jia Zhangke is a key figure in the so-called sixth generation of Chinese filmmakers who show life in the PRC without embellishment. And one of the most famous contemporary Chinese directors – they started talking about him in the world in 2006, when he received the main prize of the Venice Film Festival for the film “Still Life”.

In addition to feature films, Zhangke also makes documentaries. “Sail until the sea turns blue” refers specifically to them. In it, the director recounts the events that have changed Chinese culture since the 1950s revolution.

The film was filmed in Shanxi province, where Zhangke was born and to which he dedicated a number of his early works. Heroes – three writers belonging to different generations.

Time: 16:30 Place: Cinema “Cosmos” (Prospect Mira, 109) Age limit: 16+

The protagonist of the debut film by Danish director Illum Jacobi is the British philosopher Edmund Burke, who actually existed in the 18th century. The picture covers the period during which Burke worked on one of his most famous works – “A Philosophical Study of the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful” (1757).

He has to write a treatise while crossing the French Alps, where the philosopher flees from London, pursued by creditors and a midlife crisis. Poorly prepared for grueling hikes and in general life in the bosom of nature, Burke (played by Anthony Langdon) quickly gets tired. Before thinking about the sublime, when your feet are buzzing out of habit, and powder endlessly crumbles from your face and wig? Ensuring that the gentleman survives and has the opportunity to reflect is overseen by his maid Avak (Natalia Acevedo), a strong woman from India.

“Towards the Moon”, directed by Taj O’Sullivan, Ireland (2020)

Time: 10:20 pm Location: summer cinema of the Garage Museum (9 Krymskiy Val street, building 32) Age limit: 16+

The film by Taj O’Sullivan can be called an interesting cultural study, or it can be called a beautiful poetic statement. The director edited footage from 25 countries around the world to show the place the Moon occupies in different cultures. Among them are excerpts from recognized masterpieces of world cinema and little-known films, recordings of opera arias and recitation of poetry. After the film, going out under the open sky, it is recommended to carefully look up – at the beautiful heavenly body, which will always inspire the creators.

“Anerka, breath of life”, directors Markku Lehmuskallio, Johannes Lehmuskallio, Finland (2020)

Time: 16:00 Place: cinema “Yunost” (Marshal Rybalko street, building 1/4) Age limit: 16+

The Finnish documentary duo of father and son Lehmuskallio explores the culture of the indigenous peoples of the Far North. The heroes of the film – representatives of the polar ethnic groups – talk about the lost art of tribal tattoos, which were applied to the face, and ritual dances, which are not forgotten today. Anerka, Breath of Life won the Visions du Réel prize last year as the most innovative feature film.

Time: 20:00 Location: New Tretyakov Gallery (10 Krymsky Val Street) Age limit: 16+

Lotta Petronella’s documentary takes us to the Finnish island of Syalo. It used to be a hospital for the mentally ill and is now a center for environmental studies. Together with the director, the viewer peers into the interiors of the former hospital and strolls around the building, while the texts of letters that were once written here by patients are heard behind the scenes.

“Distant plan”, directed by Vladimir Golovnev, Russia (2021)

Time: 19: 00 Location: State Tretyakov Gallery (Lavrushinsky Lane, 10) Age limit: 16+

Time: 16:00 Place: cinema “Yunost” (Marshal Rybalko street, building 1/4) Age limit: 16+

The Distant Plan consists of three short stories about the life of one hero – a caring official who travels to the regions with inspections and initiates screenings of Andrei Tarkovsky’s films in local cinemas. The favorite cinema of the capital’s intellectuals turns out to be close and understandable to people both in large cities and small villages. Surprisingly, there is not a single fictional event or hero in the film: “The Long Shot” is not a feature film, but a documentary one.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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