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Russians go West, and film


Thursday 1 January 1970

Russians go West, and film

3rd Red Shift Festival focuses on emigrants

The third annual Red Shift Festival, dedicated to work by Russian and Russian-speaking cinematographers and animators living in the West, is coming to New York next week. Conceived two years ago by New York-based artist/filmmaker Yuriy Gavrilenko, the fest has turned into something of a celebration of Russian immigrant culture and contemporary cinema.

Featured this year are filmmakers from Canada, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands and the U.S. who offer a collection of fascinating views of their subjects.

Some expose the viewer to the vagaries of today's Russia, like the 2004 Israeli-made "Oligarchs" by Alexander Gentelev about the moguls who have dominated the post-Soviet Russian economy.

In Russian and Hebrew with English subtitles, "Oligarchs" is having its U.S. premiere at the festival. The film - composed of exclusive interviews and footage that follows the oligarchs in their meetings in their homes all over the world - was shot during more than six years, beginning in 1996. It follows the "bankers," as they were originally called, through Russia (Moscow, Siberia, Ekaterinaburg, St. Petersburg, Sangorest), England, Israel and the United States.

Others turn their lens on the past, searching for new answers, and still others document the present and the lives of others whom they encounter.

To showcase the diversity of these filmmakers, whose background is in the former Soviet Union but who have made their homes in the West, there are seven screenings during the three-day festival - independent features, shorts, documentaries, experimental films and animation.

The festival will take place Jan. 13 to 15 at Anthology Film Archives at Second Ave. and Second St. in Manhattan. Below is a summary of some of the films. For more detailed information and schedules, log on to www.rsfest.com.

"Meistersinger - Sound of Russia" by Ekaterina Eremenko (Germany, 2003) in Russian with English subtitles, another U.S. premiere, is a lighthearted portrait of a group of passionate bird lovers, members of the all-male Russian Society of Amateur Canary Bird Singing. "Murder of Kennedy. 13th Version" by Alexandre Ivankine and Tim Toidze (Canada, 2003) in Russian with English subtitles, is a new look at the most famous assassination of the 20th century. The one jarring note is the fact that most interviews were done in English, yet Russian is superimposed. Feature-length documentaries include "The Home Attendant" by Yuriy Lonkov (U.S., 2002), which focuses on a day in the Brooklyn apartment of an elderly sick man and the representative providing home-care service, and "From Russia, for Love," by Julia Ivanova (Canada, 1997-2000) that for three years follows the lives of two young girls living in an orphanage in a small Russian town and how they are forever changed by an adoption from half a world away. "Bass Baritone" by Red Shift founder Yuriy Gavrilenko and Anton Trofymov (U.S.A., 2005) is one of the short films, others include "God Bless Amerika" by Marat Shpolyanskiy (U.S., 2004), "One More Immigrant Story" by Mariia Wiemken (U.S., 2004), and "Crossings" by Marina Chernikova (Netherlands, 2004). All of the animated films were made in 2004 in the U.S. and include "The Dentist" by Signe Baumane, "Return I Will to Old Brazil" by Aleksey Budovsky, "Candy Venery" by Sergey Aniskov and "Sorrows of Creation" by Lev Polyakov. The RedPass, $40, gets you into all seven screenings at RSFest and is available at www.rsfest.com. Single tickets, $10, for individual screenings will be sold at the Anthology Film Archives' box office on the day of each screening. Originally published on January 2, 2005

"Meistersinger - Sound of Russia" by Ekaterina Eremenko (Germany, 2003) in Russian with English subtitles, another U.S. premiere, is a lighthearted portrait of a group of passionate bird lovers, members of the all-male Russian Society of Amateur Canary Bird Singing.

"Murder of Kennedy. 13th Version" by Alexandre Ivankine and Tim Toidze (Canada, 2003) in Russian with English subtitles, is a new look at the most famous assassination of the 20th century. The one jarring note is the fact that most interviews were done in English, yet Russian is superimposed.

Feature-length documentaries include "The Home Attendant" by Yuriy Lonkov (U.S., 2002), which focuses on a day in the Brooklyn apartment of an elderly sick man and the representative providing home-care service, and "From Russia, for Love," by Julia Ivanova (Canada, 1997-2000) that for three years follows the lives of two young girls living in an orphanage in a small Russian town and how they are forever changed by an adoption from half a world away.

"Bass Baritone" by Red Shift founder Yuriy Gavrilenko and Anton Trofymov (U.S.A., 2005) is one of the short films, others include "God Bless Amerika" by Marat Shpolyanskiy (U.S., 2004), "One More Immigrant Story" by Mariia Wiemken (U.S., 2004), and "Crossings" by Marina Chernikova (Netherlands, 2004).

All of the animated films were made in 2004 in the U.S. and include "The Dentist" by Signe Baumane, "Return I Will to Old Brazil" by Aleksey Budovsky, "Candy Venery" by Sergey Aniskov and "Sorrows of Creation" by Lev Polyakov.

The RedPass, $40, gets you into all seven screenings at RSFest and is available at www.rsfest.com. Single tickets, $10, for individual screenings will be sold at the Anthology Film Archives' box office on the day of each screening.

Originally published on January 2, 2005


Helen Dobrensky,

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