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"I – Goya!"

An evening celebrating the life of Russian poet Andrei Voznesensky

Language: In Russian

Narrator Elena Kvaskova-Jones

Elena Kvaskova-Jones writes about the people of art world – poets, musicians, artists. In this project, she will introduce the figure of Andrei Voznesensky, an important contemporary poet, who she has had the honour of knowing for many years. During their long friendship she made two documentaries about Voznesensky and published a series of essays and interviews. In the film “I – Goya!” you will hear the living voice of the deceased poet, both reading his poetry at large concert venues, as well as in “Poetoria” by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin, where Voznesensky's voice becomes a musical instrument within the composition.

The pacifist theme of “the horrors of war” is a common thread in this work. The viewer will hear metaphorical poems by Andrei Voznesensky, depicting images of World War II and one of its Russian heroes – Lieutenant Ernst Neizvestny, a sculptor who became world-famous. His work acts as a visually emotional theme throughout the film.

The film “I – Goya!” includes fragments of the documentary “Time to be a Human” made by Elena Kvaskova-Jones in 1985. The film’s main dialectic consists of a debate between the “physicists” and “lyricists”. The central thread of the film is the idea posed by Andrei Voznesensky that art is necessary because it produces within us the cells that help people survive in the world of scientific and technological progress, without losing their spirituality.

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