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Alexander Rodnyansky: A Tribute

A program dedicated to Alexander Rodnyansky, one of Russia’s most important and prolific film producers. He began his career as a documentarian, before lending his talents to producing, including key works by some of the most celebrated filmmakers and films in Russian history – East-West, Aleksandr Sokurov’s The Sun, and Andrey Zvyagintsev’s award winning films Elena, Leviathan, and Loveless to name a few. His newest production is the critically acclaimed Beanpole.

The Cinematheque is honored to welcome Alexander Rodnyansky, who will be presenting two of his films, Farewell, USSR and Beanpole.

With gratitude to saegull films and a. r. content for their assistance in creating this program.

Opening Event

Screening in the presence of director Alexander Rodnyansky

Farewell, USSR

Dir.: Alexander Rodnyansky
| 100 minutes

In 1991, the USSR collapsed and millions lost the country of their childhood. Rodnyansky embarks on a search for identity, exploring the effects of this los. Farewell, USSR is a beautiful, intimate, and intelligent work. (2 parts)

Preview Screening

Screening in the presence of producer Alexander Rodnyansky

Beanpole

Dir.: Kantemir Balagov
| 137 minutes

1945, Leningrad. Two friends, experiencing the scars of WWII, will have to face the past and find hope for the future. Beanpole is a stunning, profound, and heartfelt drama, masterfully directed, and boasting mesmerizing performances by the two young leads.

Elena

Dir.: Andrey Zvyagintsev
| 109 minutes

Vladimir is a wealthy businessman; Elena is his dowdy former nurse who has clearly “married up.” Vladimir openly despises his wife’s freeloading son and family. But when the son comes up with a plan to bribe government officials, Elena is confronted with a moral dilemma. 

The Duelist

Dir.: Alexey Mizgirev
| 109 minutes

In 19th century St. Petersburg, a mysterious nobleman participates in deadly fights for other people as a professional duelist. His list of victims shows that there is more to his work than meets the eye. A Russian period film, full of romance, drama, stunning design, and unforgettable characters. 

A Visit with her Father | Raoul Wallenberg’s Mission

92 minutes

A Visit with her Father - Rodnyansky takes a closer look at the extent to which the law can bring justice to victims of systematic persecution | Raoul Wallenberg’s Mission - Alexander Rodnyansky attempts to shed light on the fate of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved the lives of tens of thousands of Jews during WWII.