Marina Razbezhkina is one of the most respected documentary makers in Russia. Her directorial voice is unmistakable: her ability to look at the life of a person from up close to reveal the essence of everyday life, and also to see it in the grand and enchanting. Students and graduates of her Moscow School of Documentary Film and Theatre, create films around the world that are screened at international festivals. At Pushkin House, Razbezhkina will talk about the work of her celebrated school, before introducing her latest film Opticheskaya Os - Optical Axis. (2014)
Talk in Russian with English translation. Film in Russian with English subtitles.
When in November 2015 in Russia a toll system for heavy lorries was imposed on Federal highways, it changed the lives of its long-distance drivers, and rendered their businesses unviable. What started as a peaceful protest by the drivers soon transformed into a strike that lasted for over two months and became a major protest of the Putin era. The film was shown at the "Artdocfest", the largest documentary film festival in Russia. It won an award for Best Debut Film at the "Saratov Sufferings" International Documentary Festival. This event is part of the season accompanying our current exhibition - On The Eve, by Victoria Lomasko.
In Russian with English subtitles.
2016's BBC Introducing artist Sasha Ilyukevich & the Highly Skilled Migrants create an incomparable brew of post punk electric energy and folk lyricism. Ilyukevich writes songs in Russian to capture the essence of Eastern-Slavic heritage but also translates his lyrics to English to convey the ideas behind his songs and share the nuances of language and emotion. In his songs Sasha fuses Western and Eastern-Slavic sensibilities to bridge a historical divide and engage understanding between two cultures to reverse prejudice between East and West.
Pushkin House welcomes Sir Rodric Braithwaite for a compelling talk on his book 'Armageddon and Paranoia', which is shortlisted for the 2018 Pushkin House Russian Book Prize. In 1945, the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and warfare was never the same again. 'Armageddon and Paranoia' relates how the power of the atom was harnessed to produce weapons capable of destroying human civilisation and considers what this has done to the world. Part of the 2018 Pushkin Prize events programme.
This year Pushkin’s birth is celebrated at Pushkin House with a bilingual reading – a poem for each year of his writing life, from the age of fourteen to thirty-six . A different translator has been chosen for each poem, representing the wide variety of responses to Pushkin during the twentieth century and the present time: by such as Carol Ann Duffy, Seamus Heaney, Christopher Reid, Elaine Feinstein, Eavan Boland, Michael Frayn and others.
In English and Russian.
Pushkin House welcomes Yuri Slezkine for a compelling talk on his book 'The House of Government', which is shortlisted for the 2018 Pushkin House Russian Book Prize. Written in the tradition of Tolstoy's ‘War and Peace’, Grossman’s ‘Life and Fate’, and Solzhenitsyn’s ‘The Gulag Archipelago’, Yuri Slezkine tells the true story of the residents of an enormous Moscow apartment building where top Communist officials and their families lived before they were destroyed in Stalin’s purges. Part of our 2018 Pushkin Prize events programme.
Join the shortlisted authors and jurors for the unveiling of the 2018 winner in the atmospheric Great Chamber of The Charterhouse, Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6AN.
Pushkin House is delighted to welcome Alexis Peri to give an insightful talk on her book 'The War Within: Diaries From the Siege of Leningrad' which has been shortlisted for the 2018 Pushkin House Russian Book Prize. Drawing on 125 unpublished diaries, author Alexis Peri chronicles the Leningrad blockade from the perspective of those who endured the unendurable. Part of our 2018 Pushkin Prize events programme.
Pushkin House's monthly workshop, led by top translator Robert Chandler. All translators, at any stage of their careers, are welcome to attend this Russian-to-English translation workshop; the only requirement is fluent English and a good reading knowledge of Russian.
In English (with some Russian).
We are proud to announce the return of Anna Tsybuleva to Pushkin House, triumphant winner of England’s most prestigious piano competition in 2015. This is a rare opportunity to hear ‘a pianist of a rare gifts’ (International Piano Magazine) in London. In addition to Tchaikovsky’s Seasons, Anna will play a selection of works by Frederic Chopin.