The Train from Zurich to the Revolution / Поезд Цюрих - Революция
Russia: 2017, 12+ (Duration: 27min)
Producer: Anastasia Uspenskaya. Narration: Mikhail Yefremov
BBC Russian Service documentary follows Lenin’s train journey from Zurich to the Revolution. Most Russians are familiar with the reference, “sealed railway carriage”, in which Lenin travelled via Germany to Petrograd. At the railway station, he climbed an armored car to rally people in order to seize power. However, to this day, debates continue about that eight-day journey which changed the course of the world history. Was Lenin’s carriage “sealed”? How did the Bolsheviks use Germany - and how did Germany use them? Was Lenin a “German spy”, as his detractors labelled him at the time? This film seeks the answers to these questions, by using archive materials and featuring historians.
1917. The Real October
Germany/Switzerland: 2017, 12+ (Duration: 90min)
Writer, director, producer: Katrin Rothe
St. Petersburg 1917. The frontline of the global war is coming closer every day; people are hungry, worried and angry. In February the Tsar is overthrown. Many artists are euphoric: Revolution! Freedom! Freedom, finally? No. Starting in October, the Bolsheviks rule by themselves. What were poets, thinkers, and avant-gardists like Maxim Gorky and Kazimir Malevich doing during this drastic change of power? In the film, five artists alight from piles of the director’s books as animated cut-out figures, with their own recorded words.
As part of the RFW FemFest.
Short Q&A and talk with both films’ producers: “Why is the Revolution Centenary mostly ignored in Russia and by Russian filmmakers?”
Russian Film Week includes world premieres and screenings of contemporary Russian films in cinema theaters in London and other UK cities bringing the best of Russian culture. 2017 is set to be a great year for the RFW featuring a diversified screening programme, a strong educational (masterclasses, lectures, talks) programme, exhibitions, industry events, VIP programme and entertainment. RFW’s partners this year include the BFI, Science Museum, Synergy University, Regent Street Cinema, Film London, Russian Ministry of Culture and many more.