Putin's Russia: A 21st Century Film Mosaic

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This major screening series strives to offer an appropriately broad, prismatic view of Russia in the 21st century, as seen through more than 30 fiction films and documentaries made since Vladimir Putin came to power at midnight on New Year’s Eve in 1999. The films range from crime thrillers to absurdist comedies, coming-of-age dramas to dystopic science fiction, populist blockbusters to muckraking documentaries. Among them are films by internationally renowned directors such as Alexander Sokurov (Alexandra), Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan, Loveless), and Sergei Loznitsa (A Gentle Creature, My Joy, Victory Day). The series also features the work of artists and films new to U.S. audiences and incorporates invaluable contributions from filmmakers hailing from the former Soviet bloc and beyond, such as
Jessica Gorter’s The Red Soul, Portuguese filmmaker Salomé Lamas's Extinction, Alexander Hant’s stylish road movie How Viktor "the Garlic" Took Alexey "the Stud" to the Nursing Home, and Maxim Pozdorovkin’s Our New President, a New York premiere co-presented with Rooftop Films.