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Siberiade (Сибириада) 1979


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Spanning more than six decades of Russian history encompassing the Bolshevik Revolution, two World Wars and the era of modernization, SIBERIADE is Andrei Konchalovsky’s (Runaway Train) passionate and ambitious examination of the Soviet spirit, as represented in two families of opposing ideologies: the proletariat Ustyuzhanins and the wealthy Solomins. Through their multi-generational conflicts and alliances, Konchalovsky dramatizes the evolution of the Russian people, bound together by the common struggle for survival and faithfulness to the motherland.

Yet SIBERIADE is more than an immense historical epic. It is a hauntingly beautiful spectacle reminiscent of the finest works of visionary filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky (whose Andrei Roublev was co-written by Konchalovsky). Through cinematographer Levan Paatashvili’s lens, the Siberian wilderness becomes a mesmerizing universe unto itself, whose forests and swamps are populated by near-mythical characters. Tied to ancient tradition, these spirits seek to protect the countryside from the ravaging forces of time and technology.

When a rural village is invaded by an oil-drilling crew that encroaches upon their hallowed burial grounds, generating conflict between ancestral reverence for the earth and government-ordained industrialization, SIBERIADE comes to an explosive and unforgettable climax.

Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky

260 minutes on 2 discs / Russian w/English Subtitles / Color & B/W / Full Frame


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“Regardless of intent, Cargo 200 is beautifully filmed and completely disturbing for its entire running time.” – Village Voice

“Just as his vicious Brother dispensed social commentary through the prism of gangster cinema, Aleksei Balabanov’s Cargo 200 rips life in 1980s’ USSR via the twin vehicles of horror and black comedy.” – Slant Magazine

Alexey Balabanov’s classic film is a vehicle that provides insight into an area of our world that is once again in turmoil. A must have film for any collection of international cinema, CARGO 200 provides a political perspective well worth revisiting.

The critics unanimously acknowledge CARGO 200 as one of the most significant films to come out of Russia, and many consider it Russian director Alexey Balabanov’s (Brother, Of Freaks And Men) best film.

A gritty thriller based on actual events, CARGO 200 is set in 1984 provincial Russia, where the gloom of Soviet life has reached extreme depths. Balabanov presents an unremittingly dark and unflinching portrait of the decline of the Soviet era. The title refers to the Soviet term for military corpses returning from Afghanistan.

Guaranteed to shock even the most strong-stomached of viewers, CARGO 200 is one of the most controversial movies ever to emerge from Russia.

“…definitely not for the squeamish. Cargo 200 is an arty shocker that is worth a look for more adventurous viewers.” – Video Librarian

89 minutes on 1 disc / Russian with English Subtitles


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