Beanpole

View Trailer Guardian Review

During World War II in Leningrad, the siege of the city is finally over, but life and death struggles continue in the wreckage that remains. Two young women search for meaning and hope during their struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins.
Read More

Leviathan

Now showing
in Rhinebeck
 
March 20 – 22
Fri 5:40
Sat 5:40
Sun 2:45
*Ends Sunday
 
(Russia / 2014 / Directed by Andrey Zvyaginstev)
R / 141 mins. 
* Golden Globe WINNER for Best Foreign Film
* Academy Award nominee Best Foreign Film
LEVIATHAN is a take-no-prisoners, eye-opening, crushing tale of corruption and life in a small town on the beautiful gray-lit Barents sea – with its vodka-saturated humor, vast skeletons of whales and old fishing boats.
Kolia (Alexey Serebriakov) is an everyman, a car mechanic with a modest property perched on prime real estate. When the crooked mayor (Roman Madyanov) who wants his land hits Kolia with a compulsory purchase order, Kolia enlists the help of his old friend Dimitri (Vladimir Vzovichenkov), now a Moscow lawyer. Dimitri thinks he can get the mayor to back down, but attempting to blackmail Russia’s well-connected gangster class is fraught with danger. With an extraordinary eye for the class-inflected details of intimate small town life, Andrey Zvyagintsev, director of THE RETURN (the 2003 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion winner),  has made a film in which the personal and the political are perfectly intertwined. This tragic-drama dissects the contemporary Russian spirit with immediacy and urgency, and unravels with a force that escalates into an annihilating sort of grandeur. In Russian with subtitles. 

 “A grave and beautiful drama, at once intimate and enormous. Pictorially ravishing in the best Russian wide-screen tradition… Mr Zvyagintsev layers social commentary, intense emotion and spiritual allegory without ever losing the human dimension of the narrative.” (Best of 2014 List) – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

View TrailerRead Reviews

Silent Souls

Oct 3 – Oct 6

Mon 6:00
Tue 6:00
Wed 8:15
Thur 8:15
(Russia / 2010 / dir by Aleksei Fedorchenko)
Unrated / 75 mins.
Set in the Russian Republic of Mari El — home to a unique and spirited community of Finno-Ugrecs (Merjans) who maintain mystical traditions that date back several centuries — Silent Souls is an extraordinary story about two Merjan men and the woman they both loved.
Aist (Igor Sergeyev) is a photographer with a penchant for the beautiful Tanya, the beloved he can never have. Married to Miron (Yuri Tsurilo), the CEO of a pulp factory, Tanya’s husband clings steadfastly to his marriage. When Tanya dies, Aist and Miron explore their love and loss together as they follow Merjan custom and commit Tanya’s ashes to the river Neya. Swirling in ritual, memory, romance, and mysticism, this delicate film merges ethnology and fiction into an intoxicating melange of visual poetry.
In Russian with subtitles.
View TrailerRead Reviews