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Heart of a Dog


(dir. By Vladimir Bortko, 131 minutes)

Heart of a Dog is the black-and-white adapation of Mikhail Bulgakov's much-loved and famous darkly comic short novel.  The stray dog Sharik takes human form as a parody of the New Soviet Man.  The story is set in Moscow, not long after the Revolution of 1917.  What did the Revolution do to human psychology and human interaction?    


No booking required; seats are limited and are provided on first-come first-serve basis.

Irina Karatcheva will read extracts from Bulgakov's novella before the screening. And Jeremy Noble will discuss the film, directed by Vladimir Bortko, with whom he has worked on several occasions


Irina Karatcheva's dream to become an actress came true after she beat all the odds and got accepted to the State Institute of Cinema (VGIK) in Moscow, Russia in 1985. Her acting tutor was one of the most famous classic film directors of Soviet cinematograph Professor Sergey Bondarchuk (Academy Award (Oscar) for "Best Foreign Language Film" (1968) for the film "War and Peace") and an actress Irina Skobtzeva. After completing 4 years of full time studies she started her acting career at the theatre-studio "Igroki" and at the same time continued studying at the post graduating course in elocution and voice-production at VGIK, under a supervision of Professor Alla Egorova. Acting work took Irina to a 6 months long theatre tour in Canada. There with her colleagues from the theatre "Igroki" she played various parts and participated in singing concerts given by the actors. At the end of 1992 she moved to England. Since then Irina has had many roles in film, TV, radio and stage. Her extensive voice-over experience in England, Germany and Russia and a unique training in the Russian classical voice production method makes her one of the highly qualified voice coaches in the UK.

Ирина поступила в Государственныйинститут кино (ВГИК) в Москве в 1985 году и ее учителем стал один из самых известных режиссеров советского кинематографа профессор Сергей Бондарчук (немногий из советских режисеров, получивший Оскара за "Лучший фильм на иностранном языке» (1968) "Война и мир"). После окончании института Ирина начала свою актерскую карьеру в театре-студии "Игроки» и в то же время продолжила учебу в ассисентуре по сценической речи там же во ВГИКе под руководством профессора Аллы Егоровой.4

В 1992 вместе с театром Ирина отправилась в театральное турне по Канаде, где со своими коллегами она принимала участие в международном фестивале «Фриндж» . В конце 1992 она переехала в Англию. Ирина успешно снимается в кино и рекламе, работает на телевидении, радио, дает концерты, а также обучает актеров мастерству сценической речи. Ее обширный опыт озвучания и уникальный метода преподавания постановки голос делает ее одним из высококвалифицированных педагогов в Великобритани

Jeremy Noble ( read English at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he was supervised by the poet Geoffrey Hill and the film critic Anthony Lane. His first play Smith received its premiere at the Miranda Theatre in New York. His TV and film screenwriting credits include: The Sun (directed by Alexander Sokurov), The Dealer (directed by Victor Buturlin and Alexey Lebedev), The Soul of a Spy (directed by Vladimir Bortko). Acting credits include: Split (directed by Vlad Lanne, for Ukrainian TET TV), Peter the First: The Testament (directed by Vladimir Bortko, for Rossiya 1 state TV). His novel Villa Eilenroc will be published later this year.