Eastern Dissidence: I Am Twenty

Sunday, 19 May

Eastern Dissidence: I Am Twenty

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The 1960s saw dramatic worldwide cultural and political changes, including in the so-called "Eastern Bloc" - the Soviet Union and its satellite states. Due to loosening cultural policies, filmmakers waged increasingly blatant critiques of totalitarianism. Eastern Dissidence focuses on films that confront historical, cultural, or generational conflicts and that resulted in blacklisting, censorship, and outright bans by the regimes they challenged. Tonight, we watch Marlen Khutsiev's sprawling, stylized drama about disaffected Soviet youth I Am Twenty (1965). 

Sergei (Valentin Popov) returns to Moscow after military service and joins his lifelong friends Kolia (Nikolay Gubenko) and Slavka (Stanislav Lyubshin) to roam Moscow in search of adventure. Their hopes and aspirations are juxtaposed against everyday youth worries of finding money, meaning, and romance in everyday life. I Am Twenty is a gorgeous cinematic odyssey through the streets of Moscow. It is full of unstaged events, location shooting, and a curious camera that’s as interested in the main characters, as in the city and its inhabitants. Heavily influenced by the French New Wave, the film portrays Soviet youth who listen to Western music, ignore their elders’ advice and are openly anti-Stalinist. For these reasons, it was banned for 4 years, before being released in a drastically shorter cut. Restored to its original length in 1989, I Am Twenty remains one of the highlights of Soviet arthouse cinema.

Directed by Marlen Khutsiev, 1965, Soviet Union, 165 minutes. In Russian w/ English subtitles.

Bar opens @ 19:00
€5 entry

Date & Time: 

Sunday, 19 May, 2019 - 19:30


  • bar/cafe
  • film


  • 3-5 €
- €5


Cinema of the Dam'd at OT301
Overtoom 301
2nd Floor
1054HW Amsterdam


Inside the OT301 arts building, on the 2nd floor. Directly across from the Jan Pieter Heijestraat stop for tram #1.


Former squat, now legalised

Cinema of the Dam’d is a bar, cinema & gathering place, located on the 2nd floor of the OT301 arts collective which is the site of the former film academy.


  • bar/cafe / film

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