“The Pagans”: Screening in Cambridge on Sunday, 26th November 2017, 7pm

The Russian Film Festival in Cambridge concludes with the screening of “The Pagans”/ «Язычники» on Sunday, 26th November, at 6pm.
The film received NUMEROUS AWARDS:

  • Best Russian film award (39th International Film Festival in Moscow)
  • Best screenplay award (5th All-Russian Festival of Debuts “The Motion”)
  • Best actress award (“Kinoshok” Festival)
  • Best debut award (“The Golden Phoenix” Festival)
  • Choice of the young audience award (“The Mirror” Festival)

THE PAGANS / «ЯЗЫЧНИКИ» (2017) – in Russian with English subtitles
Sunday, 26th November, 6pm
Venue:  Main Lecture Hall, Trinity Hall, Trinity Lane, Cambridge CB2 1TJ
Followed by Closing of the Russian Film festival / Drinks (8pm)
Running time: 1h 53min
Director & Screenplay: Lera Surkova
Based on the play by Anna Yablonskaya
Producers: Vladimir and Alexander Kott
Cast: Elena Nesterova, Valentin Samokhin, Vitaliya Enshina, Tatyana Vladimirova, Dmitriy Urosov

Tickets: £8. Discount: £6 (CamRuSS members, students & OAPs)
(Please note: early-bird prices no longer apply – offer expired on Monday 20th November.)

A grandmother arrives unexpectedly and joins a small, somewhat dysfunctional household, which is troubled by the inability of its members to listen and hear each other. Will the grandmother’s blind faith in a miracle help them to gain peace of mind, or will it only make things worse?


The film is based on a play by Anna Yablonskaya (1981- 2011), a talented Ukrainian Russian-speaking playwright, poet and writer. The play was awarded a prize by the “Art of Cinema” magazine. Tragically, on the way to the award ceremony, Anna Yablonskaya fell victim of a terrorist attack in the Moscow Domodedovo Airport and died…

The Guardian (25 Jan 2011):

Anna was a very modern playwright – she wrote about family life, love and sex. Never the type to try to shock her audience, her writing was very subtle, feminist but not overtly political. She just happened to write about women’s lives a lot. My favourite play of hers is Family Scenes (Семейные Сцены), which is set in modern-day Ukraine, about a family that’s falling apart. The husband worked as a soldier-for-hire overseas to support his family. He has come home, clearly suffering from some form of post traumatic stress disorder, and is no longer interested in his wife. The wife takes up with their son’s young teacher – but she’s still in love with the husband. It’s actually an incredibly funny play, in spite of the sadness at its heart.

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