This enchanting, new Russian film (2017, 95 minutes), is loosely based on the biography of Daniil Kharms, born Daniil Yuvatchov in St. Petersburg in 1905. Early on, he adopted the pseudonym Kharms, and was to become a renowned Russian avant-garde, surrealist author, famous also for his children’s books.
His character is at the heart of the film: He considers himself a genius but publishers refuse to print his works. He loves women but they don’t always understand him. He is constantly without money and out of touch with reality. An elegant fop and a creative genius, his life parallels the burst of avant-garde activity of the USSR in the 1920s. Arrested in 1931 as a member of “a group of anti-Soviet children’s writers”, he survived the worst of the Stalin’s terror, only to be arrested again in 1941 when, to avoid execution, he feigned insanity.
After the screening, we will have a brief discussion with the film’s director Ivan Bolotnikov. Also on hand for the discussion will be Polish actor Wojciech Urbanski who plays Kharms.
Doors will open for registration at 5.15pm and coffee and tea will be served. The screening will begin promptly at 6pm, followed by a brief discussion and Q&A session, and a drinks reception.
This event is part of the EBRD Cultural Programme and has been made possible by the Russian Film Week and Golden Unicorn Awards. See the RFW website for information about other Russian films screening 19-26 November in London.
Admission to this event is free and EBRD staff members need not register. External guests will have to register online by Tuesday 21 November 2017.
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