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

  • The Long Farewell

    Directed by Kira Muratova • 1971 • USSR/Ukraine

    Ukrainian auteur Kira Muratova’s sophomore directorial effort, The Long Farewell was shelved by censors until 1987, then heralded as a lost masterpiece. This simple tale of maternal jealousy and filial rebellion is transformed by Muratova ...

  • Brief Encounters

    Directed by Kira Muratova • 1967 • USSR/Ukraine

    The debut feature from one of Russian-language cinema’s most fearless auteurs, Brief Encounters is a quietly devastating gem. Banned for twenty years and only rediscovered in the late ‘80s, this beautifully staged domestic drama uses flash...

  • 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...