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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 has been cut down? The answer, which lies in the…
Is It Easy Being Young?
A remake of 1986 "Is It Easy Being Young?" by Latvian director Juris Podnieks, this film features an open talk of young people living under the Soviet regime - their conflicts with grown-ups, parents, teachers and the entire society, about drugs and what the life means. Mikhail Gorbachev once called…
Extranjeras (Foreign Women)
Extranjeras (Foreign Women) Shows the least known and most typical aspects of other cultures through the experience of various immigrant women living in Madrid. We see these women's everyday existence - their family environments, how they live and what they work at. We are given the chance to know what…
From Russia, For Love
When a nine-year-old OLGA is adopted from a small Russian orphanage, she must leave her beloved older brother behind, with little chance of ever seeing him again. LERA, 7, is torn by the loyalty to her birth mother and conflicting feelings toward her new North American family. We are witness…
Unfinished Piece for the Player Piano
The film is based on the works by Russian writer Anton Chekhov. This is a picture of life of the Russian gentry in the late 19th century. Without a grain of sentimentality, the director reveals the moral bankruptcy of his heroes. A village teacher, Platonov, is undergoing an emotional crisis.…
A Hard Life
Kalliopi Kalogerou has spent her whole life in the Greek village of Ano Ravenia where she was born in 1900. Simple witness of the century, she lived through Turkish domination and successive occupations linked to different wars. Most of her family stays elsewhere, in Greece or abroad (USA, Canada, Germany,…
A Month in the Life of Ephtim D.
This documentary takes a rare and intimate look at the life of a 73-year-old pensioner currently living in Bulgaria following the collapse of the former Soviet Union. We follow Ephtim D. from the meager dinner table where he and his wife dine on some bread with a little margarine and…
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 of the production constantly shifts from noisy celebrations to secluded…
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. The music of Alfred Schnittke helps to reveal the characters…
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 of philosophy student Andrey Vasil'ich Kovrin (stage and screen star…
Nazi Hunters
Nazi Hunters tells how a select band of secret agents and avengers hunted down some of the most evil men in history... And finally brought them to justice. Narrated by real-life Nazi hunters, every episode tells the story of an electrifying mission, from Klaus Barbie's dramatic pursuit in Bolivia, to…
Titanic Inquiry
From the BBC comes this riveting look at one of the little known mysteries of the Titanic. The Titanic Inquiry tells the story of the British Inquiry into the sinking of RMS Titanic and whether the SS Californian was in near enough proximity to the vessel to rescue some, if…