This is the name we have given to our programme of films for which the good old understanding of realism is somehow no longer appropriate. And yet the majority of the films feature authentic events and real characters. Any fact, document or real object is material for interpretation. All film is built out of “rehabilitated” physical reality — and transforms it into artistic superreality.
Andrei Plakhov graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics of Lviv University and the Gerasimov State Institute of Cinematography. He holds a Candidate Degree in Art History and wrote his dissertation on “History and Myth in the Work of Luchino Visconti.” He is a columinst for Kommersant. He has served on and headed selection committees for the Moscow International Film Festival and other Russian festivals, and has served as a member of the jury for festivals in San Sebastian, Tokyo, Berlin, Karlovy Vary, and Venice. He was Secretary of the Board for the Union of Cinematographers and Chairman of the Conflict Commission, which removed more than 250 films from the “shelf” (1986-1990). He is a former president of FIPRESCI (2006-2010), and is currently the Honorary President of FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics). He is a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France and a laureate of the Nika Award and several other awards from the Film Critics’ Guild. He is the author of numerous articles and books.
Curator of the program