Andrey Khrzhanovsky. A room and a half, or a sentimental journey to the motherland

Public talk, film presentation

22.05.2009, 19:00-21:00 Friday

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Program: [Video-cinema]

Place: National Centre for Contemporary Arts, the small hall

Participants: Andrey Khrzhanovsky, Marina Azizyan, Yury Arabov, [Vladimir Martynov], Nikolay Popov, Yevgeny Rein, Vladimir Yankilevsky

Andrey Khrzhanovsky, a director, was one of the first filmmakers to cooperate with such radical artists as Yury Sobolev, Yulo Sooster and Vladimir Yankilevsky. He created the best films of Russian animation art in cooperation with these masters, such as The Glass Harmonica (1968), The Butterfly (1972), In the World of Fables (1973). Alfred Schnitke and Vladimir Martynov composed music for his films at various periods.

In the early 2000s Khrzhanovsky starts to work on the full-length film about Iosif Brodsky. He presented the first sketches for this film at the competition program of the Suzdal 2003 festival as an artwork titled A Cat and a Half. He completed his work on the full-length film titled A Room and a Half, or a Sentimental Journey to the Motherland in 2008. The imagery of the film integrates acting, animation and documentary information, offering a special version of the life of a creative personality in modern culture and history.

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