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Russia Since Perestroika : Marina Goldovskaya’s Retrospective

Screening:Власть Соловецкая /Solovki Power 1988. 93 mins

Language: InRussian withEnglish subtitles

This first Soviet film about the "GULAG" was a ground breaking event in the political and cultural life of Russia. Based on painstakingly gathered archival documents, on the1929s-era propaganda reel "Solovky," and on personal experience narratives of interviewed survivors of the camp, the film recreates the history of the Solovky labor camp from the moment of its inception in 1923, to the day it finally closed in 1939. The interviewed survivors include the academician Lihachev, the simple peasant Efim Lagutin, the writer Oleg Volkov, and the former camp security guard Andrei Roschin, as well as those who brought the first shipload of inmates to the island. Their powerful testimony paint a panoramic vision of the crumbling of the Bolshevist utopia which was founded on the fallacies of communal happiness and which in reality was achieved by crushing those who dared face the hard truth.


  • Mosfilm Studios, Russia
  • Director and Cinematographer; MARINA GOLDOVSKAYA


  • BestPictureNationalState Film Festival; Moscow, Russia
  • Joris Ivens Jury Prize; International Documentary Film Festival: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Special Human Rights Prize of "Memorial"; Russia
  • Special Mention, International Film Festival; Berlin, Germany
  • Special Jury Prize; Bombay, India
  • San Francisco International Film Festival; San Francisco, California
  • Telluride International Film Festival; Telluride, Colorado
  • Sidney International Film Festival; Sidney, Australia
  • Jerusalem International Film Festival; Jerusalem, Israel
  • Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival; Yamagata, Japan
  • Sundance Film Festival; Sundance, Utah
  • Vincent Canby, New York Times: "Firstrate film journalism of historical importance.... Solovky Power is so good that it leaves the audience wanting to know more.
  • San Francisco Chronicle: "An astonishing documentary... chilling."
  • Hollywood Reporter: "Haunting....Goldovskaya brings to life what it must have been like to be a prisoner in Solovky."

Pushkin House is proud to present the Retrospective of Marina Goldovskaya, an eminent Russian documentary film-maker famed for her candid portrayal of people. The recipient of numerous documentary film and lifetime achievement awards, she currently serves as a professor at the UCLA School of Film and Television in Los Angeles. The documentaries screened in Pushkin House give a picture of Russia’s transformation after the Perestroika.

About Marina Goldovskaya

Further screenings:

20.02.13 - Осколки зеркала /The Shattered Mirror 1992 58 mins

28.02.13 -Повезло родиться в России /Lucky to Be Born in Russia 1994 58 mins

5.03.13 - Дом с рыцарями/ The House on Arbat Street.1993 59 mins

13.03.13 - Князь /The Prince is Back 1999/ 2004 59 mins

20.03.13 - Retrospective Closing: An Evening with Marina Goldovskaya.Screening:Три песни о родине,/Three Songs about Motherland , 2008 39 mins

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