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Russian Films Hit Fort Worth This Weekend
by Julissa Treviño 24 Aug 2012

This weekend Fort Worth joins just two other U.S. cities to host three Russian filmmakers who’ll showcase some of the best of Russian independent cinema.

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Guest blogger Julissa Treviño is a reporter at the Burleson Star and an arts fan from Fort Worth.

This weekend Fort Worth joins just two other U.S. cities to host three Russian filmmakers who’ll showcase some of the best of Russian independent cinema.

The New Russian Cinema Film Festival will play at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Friday- Sunday. Only New York and San Francisco will also showcase these films. Here’s a preview

  • My Dad is Baryshnikov, playing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, is a semi-autobiographical feature from Brooklyn-based Dmitry Povolotsky about a teen with a ballet obsession. It’s set in the economically- and politically-changing 1980s Moscow.
  • Saturday’s film, Chapiteau-Show, will be shown in two parts – the first at 2 p.m. and the second at 5 p.m. It weaves together four short stories about relationships through caberet-style songs. Director Sergei Loban, who has a cult reputation in Moscow’s underground culture, also gained acclaim in 2011 when he won the Grand Jury Prize at the Moscow International Film Festival.
  • Marriage is examined in Andrei Zvyagintsev’s Post-Soviet Russian-era Elena, a story about a woman in her 50s or 60s whose already distant marriage reaches a defining moment when her wealthy husband has a heart attack and becomes dependent on her care. That film will be shown at 2 p.m. Sunday.
  • The Hunter, a film set on a hog farm, is about a man and his relationship to his family. It’s has been described as the “most Russian film within the current resurgence of the country’s contribution to global art cinema.” Bakur Bakuradze’s film starts at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The festival comes to Texas as part of an exchange that began in June when three U.S. filmmakers traveled to the Moscow International Film Festival to show their work. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Lone Star Film Society partnered with the Russian Ministry of Culture, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and the city of Fort Worth’s Mayor’s Office to be part of the exchange.

Tickets are $8.50 for individual films; $6.50 for Modern members; $6 for Modern Reel People and Lone Star Film Society members. A festival pass is $25.

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