The Student ((M)uchenik)

The Student ((M)uchenik) Russia (2016) Dir. Kirill Serebrennikov If one is going to make film about religion then in this current, politically charged climate of egg shell treading, being openly confrontational isn’t necessarily a smart move, unless you can safely predict the audience is going to divine your intentions. Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov either didn’t … Continue reading The Student ((M)uchenik)

Silent Souls (Ovsyanki)

  Silent Souls (Ovsyanki) Russia (2010) Dir. Aleksey Fedorchenko Factory boss Miron (Yuri Tsurilo) asks his colleague and best friend Aist (Igor Sergeyev) to help with the traditional observances and rituals of the Meryan community in the wake of his wife Tanya’s (Yuliya Aug) death. A simple plot for what is actually not quite a … Continue reading Silent Souls (Ovsyanki)