Tue 14.07.15
Tue 14.07.15

RusClub #14


Nadine kindly welcomes everyone for our RusClub #14.


(NL) RusClub is een platform voor Russische cinema. Alexandra Dementieva gidst het publiek doorheen de geschiedenis van de Russische cinema aan de hand van geselecteerde films. De RusClubs vinden plaats in Plateau (Herdersstraat 30, Elsene). De deuren openen om 7u30 en de eerste film start om 8u.


(EN) RusClub is a platform for Russian cinema. Alexandra Dementieva selects Russian movies and guides you through the history of Russian cinema. RusClub takes place at Plateau (Rue du Berger 30, Ixelles). The doors open at 7:30pm and the first movie starts at 8pm.


The RusClub #14 takes place on Tuesday 14 July at 19.30 and the movie that will be shown is:


The Asthenic Syndrome (1990 - 2h33m)
Director: Kira Muratova

Cinematography: Vladimir Pankov
Screenplay: Kira Muratova, Sergei Popov, Alexander Chernykh

Awards: Nika Award for Best Film


"A depressed woman has just lost her husband and is about to destroy everything and everybody, but mainly herself. An exhausted man tries to find an escape from the daily chaos and routine in perpetual sleep. No, their paths don't cross, but each of them is destined to survive.
This has been called ‘a magnificent fresco’, an ‘apocalypse’ (Silver Bear, Berlin 1990). But it proved to be a diagnosis of an era. Muratova captured the state of Russia and Eastern Europe in images that are typical of an era on the eve of revolution, full of aggression and apathy. The Asthenic Syndrome is constructed like The Well-Tempered Clavier, full of polyphonous elements. The first part is in black-and-white and is a film within a film, nervously shot like Muratova’s first films. The second part is in colour and tells the story of the life of an insignificant author and literature teacher who suffocates in the dull routine of his mindless environment. Muratova’s realism is full of contrasts, irony and rage and shows every character from different sides. She presents a complete picture of personal syndromes and collective apathy, meanwhile stunning the viewer with shock therapy and destroying every illusion."