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The Cherry Orchard - From the Moscow Art Theatre
First staged in 1904 by Konstantin Stanislavsky in the very theater and on the very stage of this production, director Adolf Shapiro's interpretation asks the question, where would the characters of this play live today years after their cherry orchard…
The Seagull - From Moscow’s Satirikon Theatre
Anton Chekhov's first of four major plays dramatizes the romantic and artistic conflicts between its four main characters: Boris Trigorin, a well-known writer, the ingenue Nina, the fading actress Irina Arkadina, and her son the would-be playwright Konstantin Treplev. Yury…
The Three Sisters - From Novosibirsk’s Red Torch Theater
Timofey Kulyabin, the 32 year old wunderkind artistic director of the Red Torch Theatre in Novosibirsk, has taken Anton Chekhov's classic work and reinvented it as an epic parable about finding harmony through suffering. The entire cast, save for one,…
Anna Karenina - From Moscow's Vakhtangov Theatre
This multiple award-winning Vakhtangov Theatre production of Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece, Anna Karenina tells the story entirely in contemporary dance. In this way, Cholina succeeds in finding the equivalent of Tolstoy's words in harmony and movement, with every gesture holding meaning.…
Podstrochnik Episode 1
Young Lilianna's parents decide to move the family from the chaos of post revolution Moscow to Berlin, but a threatening phone call has her father returning to Russia, leaving she and her mother to fend for themselves.
Lady With a Lapdog - From Moscow's Young Generation Theatre
A deceptively simple tale: Dmitry Gurov, a comfortable, middle-aged husband, father and womanizer, has a casual affair with Anna Sergeyevna, an unhappy young wife, while vacationing in Yalta; to his amazement, the jaded Gurov falls in love for the first…
Eugene Onegin - From Moscow's Vakhtangov Theatre
Eugene Onegin has often been referred to as an encyclopedia of 19th century Russian life. Rimas Tuminas' reimagining unfolds in the memory and imagination of Pushkin's characters. The images are split between past and present, between reality and imagination.The scale…
Uncle Vanya - From Moscow's Vakhtangov Theater
Rimas Tuminas' reimagining of Anton Chekhov's tale about broken illusions and dashed hopes is freed from its traditional trappings, leaving behind a battlefield for passions and colliding ambitions. We are given an empty space from which life has departed, a…
Resilience - Life stories of Russian Centenarians
In 1917 Russia was wracked by revolution, famine, war, and unrest. And yet, all that year children were born. This is a film about some of those children, 100 years later. RESILIENCE captures their unbelievable life stories.
The Black Monk - From Moscow's Young Generation Theatre
Based on a short story by Anton Chekhov, Kama Ginkas' astounding re-imagining highlights and builds off of the Chekhovian tension between the beauty of life and the tragedy of how it is lived. The story tells the the tragic tale…
Podstrochnik Episode 2
1930 Germany. Signs of fascism have Lilianna and her mother on the move again, this time for Palestine, where a grandmother awaits, and with a new hated step-father, Ludwig, in tow. Within a scant few months, mother and daughter are…
Podstrochnik Episode 3
To make ends meet, Lilianna's mother opens a puppet theater. Lilianna adjust to her French life, but notices that her mother and father have begun corresponding. By 1934, the two of them begin the long journey back to Moscow.
Podstrochnik Episode 7
Filled with regret and longing, Lilianna describes the death of her father. Her friendships with poets, artists and radical-minded professors leads to her being brought in for questioning at KGB headquarters.
Podstrochnik Episode 4
Lilianna's father wants to instill the virtues of the Soviet system into his daughter, but Lilianna, now 14, does not fit in with the monolithic nature of this new society and struggles to find her voice.
Podstrochnik Episode 10
National anti-semitism is on the rise as Lilianna makes a clandestine trip back to Moscow. Her mother stays behind in Naberezhnye Chelny, but the years there were hard on her and soon after returning to the Capital with Lilianna, as…
Podstrochnik Episode 8
Lillianna writes her first article about a newly created theater movement and convinces the editor of Moscow Komsomoletz to publish it. Around the same time, the poetess, Marina Tsvetaeva, her latest work unjustifiably rejected, starts a downward spiral leading to…
Podstrochnik Episode 11
Post-war Russia. Lilianna is invited to a New Year's party where she meets a young director and fledging screenwriter Semyon Lungin. Two weeks later they meet again and from that moment forward they will never part.
Podstrochnik Episode 6
With the backdrop of Stalin's arrests, Lilianna becomes immersed in the richness of school life at the expense of her relationship with her parents. 17 now, she applies for a spot at the highly competitive Institute of Philosophy, Literature and…
Podstrochnik Episode 12
Stalin dies and Khrushchev takes power. A thaw on the reign of terror is in the air. Banned books are published. Men and women return from labor camps. Lilianna opines on the arduous nature of intellectual courage.
Podstrochnik Episode 14
Lilianna invites, Lida and her husband Jipe, childhood friends from her long ago life in France, to Russia and is mortified to discover that they are communist sympathizers. A transcription from the Brodsky trial taking place in Leningrad, leads to…