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Legendary filmmaker Marlen Khutsiev will be in Cambridge from 8-11 May and in London from 12-14 May. His visit is sponsored by the Department of Slavonic Studies at Cambridge, the Russkiy Mir Foundation, the Cambridge University Russian Society, the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at UCL and Pushkin House. All events at Cambridge and UCL are free and open to the public. There is a small fee for the Pushkin House event.

Information about his Cambridge talks and screenings may be found in the individual listings below or by clicking here

For details of his appearance at UCL on 12 May, click here

For details of his presentation of ‘July Rain’ at Pushkin House on 13 May click here

Marlen Khutsiev was born in Tbilisi in 1925, made his first feature films in Odessa in the 1950s, and has lived and worked in Moscow since 1959. His early work was shaped by Soviet filmmakers’ discovery of Italian neorealism in the 1950s and the new political and aesthetic freedoms of the Thaw; his great 1960s films have more in common with the work of Antonioni and Godard. Frequently criticized by Soviet authorities, his films are few in number, but each an artistic and historical landmark. As critic Aleksei Gusev noted when the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) presented Khutsiev with its 2011 award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema’: ‘Our country’s history is lined with his films.’ Khutsiev is President of the Russian Federation’s Guild of Film Directors. Recently retired as Head of the Directing Faculty at the Russian State Institute of Cinematography, Khutsiev continues to offer master classes and lecture frequently on filmmaking. He is a lively raconteur with many stories to tell about his own films, as well as his work with filmmakers Ihor Savchenko, Mikhail Romm, Boris Barnet, Sergei Parajanov, Andrei Tarkovskii and many others.

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