Russian Film at Yale invites you to discover contemporary Russia through the eyes of a talented new generation of emerging filmmakers. Tackling a range of contentious subjects — from homosexuality to police brutality — many of these films unleashed a storm of controversy in Russia and secured the reputation of their directors on the international circuit. Join us for the screenings — and stay tuned for the guest appearance of several of the film directors in person!
March 9, 7 pm: THE HOPE FACTORY (2014, 90 min.)
Trash aesthetics and true grit mark this chronicle of Arctic youth in the remote industrial town of Norilsk. Seventeen-year-old Sveta pins her dreams of escape on a long-distance romance – and all her rage on the equally young local sex worker, Nadia.
Introduction by Oksana Chefranova, Visiting Fellow in Film and Media Studies, Yale.
Sponsored by The European Studies Council, with a Russian Studies grant from the Carnegie Foundation, The MacMillan Center, the Whitney Humanities Center, Yale Film and Media Studies, and the Yale Slavic Film Colloquium.