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Up Next in Adventures in Eastern Europe: a cult cinema playlist from Dan Bird

  • My Friend Ivan Lapshin

    Directed by Aleksei German • 1984 • USSR/Russia

    Russian auteur Aleksei German’s masterpiece journeys into the past, as an elderly man reflects on his childhood in a communal apartment in a mid-thirties provincial town. As a nine-year-old boy, he is witness to the lives of those around him – chie...

  • Khrustalyov, My Car!

    Directed by Aleksei German • 1998 • Russia

    Moscow, February 1953. General Yuri Klensky is a prominent brain surgeon, living a life of luxury and prestige – until he is accused of being part of a plot to kill Stalin. The story of his arrest, torture, and eventual “freedom” upon Stalin’s own death...

  • Autumn Sun

    Directed by Bagrat Oganesyan • 1977 • USSR / Armenia

    Strikingly progressive and beautifully crafted, Bagrat Oganesyan’s Autumn Sun tells the story of Aghun (a bravado performance by the director’s own wife, Anahit Gukasyan), a simple woman forced to contend with the banal cruelties of t...