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Sunday, September 26, 2010

“The Desert of Forbidden Art”

MFA from 10/1/10 to 10/8/10 - a documentary “The Desert of Forbidden Art”

Tchavdar Georgiev

His documentary “The Desert of Forbidden Art” that he wrote, produced and directed together with Amanda Pope won the Cine Golden Eagle Award and Best Documentary at the Palm Beach International Film Festival and will be broadcast on PBS Independent Lens in 2011.

He is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts and holds an undergraduate degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has edited a number of award-winning fiction and non-fiction films as well as television programming for HBO, PBS, History Channel, National Geographic, Channel 1 Russia and MTV Russia.

The latest show he edited for National Geographic called “Alien Earths” was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Animation.

He has worked on the documentary We Live in Public which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and the feature Bastards which won the MTV Russia awards for best film.
His commercial clients include Honda, Oscar de la Renta, TELE2 and Rooms To Go. His spots have won several Telly Awards.

About the Film


How does art survive in a time of oppression? During the Soviet rule artists who stay true to their vision are executed, sent to mental hospitals or Gulags.

Their plight inspires young Igor Savitsky. He pretends to buy state-approved art but instead daringly rescues 40,000 forbidden fellow artist's works and creates a museum in the desert of Uzbekistan, far from the watchful eyes of the KGB. Though a penniless artist himself, he cajoles the cash to pay for the art from the same authorities who are banning it. Savitsky amasses an eclectic mix of Russian Avant-Garde art. But his greatest discovery is an unknown school of artists who settle in Uzbekistan after the Russian revolution of 1917, encountering a unique Islamic culture, as exotic to them as Tahiti was for Gauguin. They develop a startlingly original style, fusing European modernism with centuries-old Eastern traditions.

Ben Kingsley, Sally Field and Ed Asner voice the diaries and letters of Savitsky and the artists. Intercut with recollections of the artists' children and rare archival footage, the film takes us on a dramatic journey of sacrifice for the sake of creative freedom. Described as "one of the most remarkable collections of 20th century Russian art" and located in one of the world's poorest regions, today these paintings are worth millions, a lucrative target for Islamic fundamentalists, corrupt bureaucrats and art profiteers. The collection remains as endangered as when Savitsky first created it, posing the question whose responsibility is it to preserve this cultural treasure.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Three Jokes by Anton Chekhov

В воскресенье 9/26 студия Арлекин покажет этот спектакль, о котором я слышал хорошие, даже восторженные отзывы. Мы собираемся пойти.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Amarcord, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

Пересмотрели два фильма, о которых было очень теплое воспоминание из далекого прошлого.Не помню, когда я вообще пересматривал фильмы (кроме Тарковского) - столько еще не смотрено. И вот - два подряд: Амаркорд и Скромное обаяние буржуазии.
Марина хорошо выразила впечатление от обоих фильмов одним словом: "Попрощались".
Как и раньше, многое понравилось, но оба фильма остались там, где был "Иллюзион", где фильмы, даже порезанные, были единственными окнами в другую жизнь, а Бунюель и Феллини были ни на кого не похожими, уникальными авторитетами.
Оба фильма (для меня) потеряли в сравнении с тем, что я увидел и узнал с тех пор.
Но все равно, они были большими событиями для меня тогда, и я не жалею, что пересмотрел их сейчас.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Я люблю тебя, Москва

Из Екатеринбурга:
На экраны вышел фильм"Я люблю тебя, Москва". При всей неравнозначности составляющих его новелл, он оставляет хорошее впечатление. Кроме того, это панорама сегодняшнего российского кинематографа, его имен, стилевых направлений, отношения к жизни и самому кино. Мне кажется, стоит посмотреть и даже пересмотреть: калейдоскоп сюжетов и лиц и сразу не все поймаешь.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Esli kto ne videl