Sunday, 19 May
Eastern Dissidence: I Am Twenty
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.
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