The Geographer drank his Globe Away is a Russian drama film made in 2013, directed by Alexander Veledinsky, based on the novel by Alexey Ivanov. The film participated in the XXIV Open Russian Film Festival "Kinotavr" in Sochi and was awarded the main prize.
The main character, a biologist named Victor Sluzhkin signs on as a teacher of geography in a secondary school in his native Perm (in the Urals) and gets lost in a haze of hard vodka, desperate love for a nymphet-like student and the stress of educating teenagers. Geographer, as the students immediately dub Sluzhkin, attempts to escape from the grueling, dull, stultifying reality of Russia's provincial life in a rafting tour to the Urals. Accompanied by wild, adventure-seeking adolescents, faced with the numerous grim surprises of the nature, Geographer is poised to find himself and his own truth.
Before the screening will be a short video made by the author of a book Alexey Ivanov which was specially recorded for Pushkin House.
Alexey Ivanov is one the most popular Russian writers of the 21st century. Winner of several Russian literary awards, such as, for example, Mamin-Sibiryak Award and Pavel Bazhov Award. Alexey Ivanov's books were nominated for The National Best-Seller three times.
This film screening is a part of our season of events accompanying our current exhibition: 'Alcohol: Soviet anti-alcohol posters.' (23 March-13 April). In Russian with English subtitles.