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PinchukArtCentre and National Oleksandr Dovzhenko Centre to hold a series of lectures and film screenings on “Urban Utopias in Soviet Cinema”

8 December 2014

In December 2014 PinchukArtCentre and National Oleksandr Dovzhenko Centre invite to a series of public lectures and film screenings on “Urban Utopias in Soviet Cinema.” All events will take place in the PinchukArtCentre within the framework of the exhibition of the nominees for Future Generation Art Prize 2014. Participation is free.

The topic of the lecture series was inspired by the artists participating in the exhibition of the nominees for the Future Generation Art Prize – Jimena Garrido-Lecco, Aslan Gaysumov, Nikita Kadan, Zhanna Kadyrova, Pilar Quinteros – whose artworks deal with the problems of urban space and the topics of local memory, with living social groups being the bearers of it.

The series of lectures, which refers to the films created by Ukrainian directors in the Ukrainian film studios in 1917-1991, is intended to familiarize the audience with cinematic techniques of urban space representation and the method of constructing urban utopias in cinema; to analyze the transformation of ideas about urban space in different periods of Soviet history, and so forth.

Programme moderator –PinchukArtCentre’s tour guide Valeria Karpan.

All lectures start at 19:00 and last about 40 minutes. Film screenings follow the lectures.

Due to limited number of seats advance registration is mandatory. Please, register by calling +380 44 590 08 58. Event participants are allowed into the art centre without queuing.

Scheduled lectures:

December 11

Lecture on “Avant-garde cinema of the 1920s”
Lecturer: Asya Shulgina, PG student of Rylsky Institute of Art History, Folk and Ethnology Studies, film critic, journalist.

Film “Two days”
1927, silent drama, 57 min.
Directed by Georgiy Stabovy.

December 13

Lecture on “Cinematic Utopias and daily city life of the Stalin era (1930s-1950s)”
Lecturer: Ihor Tyschenko, cultural studies expert, urbanism researcher, PG student of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

Film “Shumi, gorodok”
1939, comedy, 72 min.
Directed by Mykola Sadkоvich.

December 21

Lecture on “Typical construction and typical interiors in Ukrainian Soviet cinema of 1960s-1970s”
Lecturer: Olga Papash, cultural studies expert, film critic, essayist, translator.

Film “Getting to Know the Big Wide World”
1978, drama, 79 min.
Directed by Kira Muratova

December 23

Lecture on   “The illusive: Utopia in the time of (post)socialism”
Lecturer: Nadia Chushak, researcher of memory politics, nostalgia, the former Yugoslavia, post-socialism and youth protest movements.

For Attention of the Mass Media: all photo and video accreditation requests must be sent to e-mail [email protected]

National Oleksandr Dovzhenko Centre is a state enterprise that integrates the State Film Archive of Feature Films and the Film Copying Laboratory. De-facto, Dovzhenko Centre is the state Ukrainian cinemateque. It is the only Member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) in Ukraine.

Dovzhenko Centre is the only state enterprise in Ukraine responsible for preservation, restoration, research and increase of the National Ukrainian Film Fund. It carries out researches in the field of cinematography, publishing specialized photo albums, booklets, books and articles on the history of cinema, as well as film magazines. One of the main aims of the Centre is to promote Ukrainian cinema.

According to the Law on Cinematography, all the negative prints of Ukrainian films created on public funds (including coproduction) are to be stored at Dovzhenko Centre.

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