Prof. David Gillespie’s talk will focus on treatment of the Great Patriotic War in Russian films of the past 5-6 years, including Nikita Mikhalkov’s Burnt By the Sun II (2011), The Fog and The Fog II by Ivan Shurkhovetskii and Artem Aksenenko (2010-2012), and We Are From the Future I, directed by Andrei Maliukov (2008) and its sequel We Are From the Future II, directed by Dmitrii Voronkov and Oleg Pogodin (2010). These films revisit the War in order to make it relevant to the new Russia, and in particular to preach patriotism and national pride to a younger generation. At the same time, films such as The Priest, directed by Vladimir Khotinenko (2010) and Alexander Atanesyan’s The Bastards (2006) offer an alternative War narrative as they raise uncomfortable questions about the conduct of various national institutions during the War. The talk will be accompanied by clips from some of these films.
David Gillespie has taught Russian language and culture at the University of Bath since 1985, and has written extensively on modern Russian literature and film.
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