Sunday 21 October, Cinema 1, 3:00pm
Jewish-Armenian Dovlatov was not published in Russia until 1990, the year before his death. By that time, he had been an émigré in the US for 11 years. Unfolding over six wintry days in Leningrad in 1971, during ‘the time of stagnation’, this involving drama follows Dovlatov (played by charismatic Serbian actor Milan Marić) as he passes through editorial offices and writers’ gatherings in the vain hope of achieving publication without compromise. Like his previous Under Electric Clouds, German’s film is highly stylised, featuring a wide array of cultural references, from Pushkin to Steinbeck. The resulting film, aided in no small part by the impressive art direction of Elena Okopnaya and Łukasz Žal’s (Ida, Cold War) stunning cinematography, evokes both memory and dream.
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