Oscar is the story of the life of the famous artist Oscar Rabin against the background of three decades of Soviet history; it is a story about a successful experience of standing up against a regime with the help of paint and brushes. It is the story of non-violent resistance against evil, of the boundaries of compromise, about how people try to maintain their inner freedom when they are living in a country that is not very free. The film uses many unique newsreels and other archival materials being shown for the first time. Along with Oscar Rabin, featured in the fim are Lyudmila Ulitskaya, Vladimir Sorokin, Evgeny Kisin, Boris Akunin, Maya Turovskaya, Vladimir Paperny, Erik Bulatov, Oleg Tselkov, Vitaly Komar, Vyacheslav Ivanov, Mihail Chemiakin, Igor Guberman, Donald Rayfield, and Adam Michnik.
From the Barracks to Paris Project
Oscar is the second installment of the From the Barracks to Paris project, which tells the story of the famous Lianozovo Group of unofficial Soviet artists and poets and its leader, Oscar Rabin, and his wife, Valentina Kropivnitskaya. It is about the creation of a new artistic environment that would subsequently be bestowed the name the Second Russian Avant-Garde. Valentina Kropivnitskaya died in 2008, and Oscar Rabin is still working today in his Paris studio.