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3rd Russian Film Week in Cambridge

Monday 26 November, 2018 - Sunday 2 December, 2018


26th, 28th 30th November and 1st and 2nd December 2018

9 films–5 days–4 venues

A unique opportunity to view recent productions by film directors from Russia, get acquainted with young talents and acclaimed actors, meet the creative teams and take part in open discussions. This is the third annual Russian Film Week in Cambridge organised by the Cambridge Russian-Speaking Society with the support of Russian Film Week and, this year, with Cambridge Arts Picturehouse.

Most of the films will be shown for the first time outside Russia and make an excellent introduction to contemporary Russian cinematography for local viewers. All the films will be shown in Russian with English subtitles.

The artworks presented will explore common human themes of love, happiness, memory, loyalty and betrayal. These films are made by established and up-and-coming cinematographers. There are different genres to choose from: a space odyssey, love story, a historical drama based on real events (and Russia’s entry into the Oscars in the best foreign film nomination) and short films selection.

Screenings will be held at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse and two other conveniently located venues in central Cambridge.

For more information and the detailed programme please see below.

You can also listen to an interview with one of the key organisers Yelena Karl here: Bums on Seats Cambridge 105 Radio (the interview starts 13:20 minutes through the podcast).

With any questions please email events@camruss.com


Monday, 26th November, 18:00

Venue: Arts Picturehouse Cambridge
38-39 St Andrew’s St, Cambridge CB2 3AR


Russia, 2017.
1hr 51min | Action, drama, history. 12A
Russian with English subtitles
Director: Klim Shipenko
Writers: Nataliya Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov, Jeffrey Hylton (English adaptation)
Cast: Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Pavel Derevyanko, Maria Mironova, Lyubov Aksyonova, Aleksandr Samoylenko

Awards: the Golden Eagle award in the main nomination “The Best Film”, the prize for the best editing of the film, the NIKA award for “The Best Cinematography” in 2018.

Based on real events. USSR, 1985. On February 11, 1985, the Soviet orbital station Salyut-7, which has been in orbit in unmanned mode for the past six months, unexpectedly loses control and stops responding to signals sent from the Flight Control Center (FCC). A possible fall to Earth of the station, the pride of Soviet science and Space program, may result in not only a loss of the country’s reputation, but also in a tragedy since it could fall anywhere on the planet and destroy any object and even a city. All this happens during the “cold war”, which further complicates the unpredictable situation.

In June 1985, after three months of training, the FCC management sends to the orbit a specially equipped manned spacecraft Soyuz T-13 with a crew of two of the most experienced Soviet cosmonauts at that time. Ship’s commander Vladimir Dzhanibekov and flight engineer Viktor Savinykh are confronted with the most difficult and risky task: to find the “dead” station; catch up with it without colliding, to carry out in outer space the most difficult manual docking with a moving uncontrolled spacecraft (which no one has ever done before in the history of world space exploration); check the condition of the onboard systems and station equipment; identify the causes of problems and prevent a catastrophe.

20:00 Q&As with the director Klim Shipenko


TICKETS: can be purchased from the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse box-office or website

CamRuSS members may purchase tickets at the Student price £11.20. Please bring your membership cards to the screening as a proof of eligibility.


Wednesday, 28th November, 18:00

Venue: The Arts Picturehouse
38-39 St Andrew’s St, Cambridge CB2 3AR


Russia, 2018
1h 48min | Drama. 12A
Russian with English subtitles
Director, screenwriter, composer: Mikhail Segal
Cast: Vladimir Mishukov, Sofya Gershevich, Varvara Pakhomova, Aleksandra Bystrzhitskaya, Yuriy Bykov, Mikhail Segal.

Festival & prizes: Montreal World Film Festival (Canada), Kinotavr 2018 (Sochi, Russia), The Best male leading actor prize at the Gorky Fest (Russia), Meridian of the Pacific fest (Vladivostok, Russia).

Synopsis: Dmitry is a strong-willed kind of guy. He could easily quit the game, if only he knew that he was playing.

Mikhail Segal is a director, screenwriter, composer, writer and producer. He represents a new school of film making in Russia, exploring the inner relationships, hopes, ideals and drawbacks of contemporary Russians. Mikhail’s psychological dramas are full of wit and hope and have become a firm favourite with people all across Russia.
Mikhail Segal studied at The Russian Federation State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow and started his career as a film director in advertising (for Audi, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, LG, Ariel, IKEA, Pepsi, etc.) and video-clip making for Russian rock groups. His full-length debut “Franz+Polina” (2006) received recognition at a number of Russian and international film contests, including the XXVIII Moscow International Film festival. He has published three collections of prose.
His second feature film “Short Stories” (2012) enjoyed great success among Russian viewers and received the prize for Best Script and a Diploma of the Guild of Film Scholars and Critics at Kinotavr, the main film festival in Russia, followed by “Film about Alexeev” (2014) and, this year, “Elephants Can Play Football”, which, recently released in Russia, has been receiving excellent reviews from both film critics and viewers.

20:00 Q&As with actors Vladimir Mishukov and Aleksandra Bystrzhitskaya


TICKETS: can be purchased from the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse box-office or website

CamRuSS members may purchase tickets at the Student price £11.20. Please bring your membership cards to the screening as a proof of eligibility.


Friday, 30th November, 19:00

Venue: Keynes Hall, King’s College, King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST


Russia, 2018
1hr 26min | Drama, history, war. 15A
Russian with English subtitles
Director: Konstantin Khabenskiy
Writers: Anna Chernakova, Michael Edelstein, Ilya Vasiliev
Cast: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Christopher Lambert, Mariya Kozhevnikova, Michalina Olszanska

The film is based on the story of the Sobibór extermination camp uprising during WWII led by the Soviet officer Alexander Pechersky. Whilst a POW in Sobibor, managed to do the impossible – to organize a revolt and mass escape of the prisoners. Some escapees were later caught and executed, the rest led by Pechersky managed to join the partisans. This is the story of the power of the human spirit resisting the soulless destruction machine. Based on the book by Ilya Vasiliev: “Alexander Pechersky: Breakthrough to Immortality”.

This film is Konstantin Khabenskiy’s directorial debut and Russia’s entry for the Oscars in the best foreign film category this year.

The film will be presented by Dr John Barber.

20:30 Discussion after the screening.




Saturday, 1st December, 19:00

Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Judge Business School, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1AG

20:30 The closing of the Russian Film Week. Drinks reception

Anna Vice Versa

Director: Yana Gladkikh, 20 min. Russia, 2018.

Love is on everyone’s tongue. Two buskers travel from Mytischi to Moscow on a train, sing and discuss life and the wife of one of them. Anna gets an anonymous bouquet which turns her life upside down. But instead of finding love, she finds herself on a railway track. Anna Karenina of nowadays?






Room 628

Director: Anna Kuznetsova, Russia, 2018, 25 min., debut, fiction.

Sasha is 18 years old, in love with her roommate and passionately hates her roommate’s boyfriend, Egor, who lives in their room illegally. More than anything else Sasha dreams of getting rid of Egor. She doesn’t know yet that sometimes a dream coming true is the worst thing which can happen.

Kinotavr (National Premiere, Sochi, 2018)




The Wings

Director: Zurab Dzhidzhilava, 14 min. Russia, 2018.

The collapse of the USSR did not pass without bloodshed. In some republics, including Lithuania, there were clashes between the local civilians and the Soviet military. The drama takes place in a Soviet plane. The stewardess is trying to save the board from the terrorist and, at the same time, her marriage.






The Sign

Director: Svetlana Samoshina, 25 min. Russia, 2017.

A couple struggles to find the way to their happiness after years of relationship.









Farewell, My Love!

Creative team: Ksenia Rappoport, Alexander Tsypkin, Pavel Kapinos, 9 min. Russia, 2018.

Perhaps the most honest account of feelings by a woman whose husband leaves her for a younger mistress.




TICKETS for Russian Shorts 


ONE screening: Fri, 30 Nov or Sat, 1 Dec ONLY
Adults: £10;
CamRuSS members, students, OAPs: £5

TWO screenings: Fri, 30 Nov and Sat, 1 Dec ONLY
Adults: £16;
CamRuSS members, students, OAPs: £8

Alternatively, you may book your tickets for screenings on Fri and Sat ONLY by bank transfer

The Russian Speaking Society
Sort code: 60-11-30
Account: 18120466

Please contact us at events@camruss.com to let us know that you paid and we will email you confirmation (your ticket).


Sunday, 2nd December, 16:30


Venue: Main Lecture Theatre in St. John’s College Old Divinity School, St John’s College, St. Johns Street, Cambridge, CB2 1TP

Clay Pit by Vera Glagoleva

Clay Pit by Vera Glagoleva


Russia, 2018
77 min. Social drama. 15A

Director: Vera Glagoleva

Cast: Tatiana Vladimirova, Sanjar Madi, Lilia Volkova, Anna Kapaleva, Dmitry Krivochurov, Olga Prikhudailova, Andrey Sidorenko, Natalia Druzhinina, Ivan Tityaev, Petr Tereschenko, etc.

Life seems to have frozen in the 90s in this remote Russian town.  After a failed attempt to “make it in Moscow” Mila decided to return to her mother’s house to heal the wound of her soul. Meanwhile, her sister Galya is getting married to Rustam, a handsome young man from Central Asia who becomes the cause of new passions. A terrible epiphany awaits the participants of this family drama.

The film is based on the play Clay Pit by Olga Pogodina-Kuzmina.

Q&As with the producers Natalia Ivanova аnd Maria Ksinopulo.

Special screening on 2nd December – suggested donation £5 where proceeds will go to Cancer Research charity.


Alternatively, you may book your seat and donate for this special screenings by bank transfer

The Russian Speaking Society
Sort code: 60-11-30
Account: 18120466
Ref: RFW/Donation/YOUR NAME

Please contact us at events@camruss.com to let us know that you paid and we will email you confirmation (your ticket).


Monday 26 November, 2018
Sunday 2 December, 2018
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