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Film Screening: Director Marlen Khutsiev presents 'IT WAS THE MONTH OF MAY' (Byl mesiats mai, 1970)

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Director Marlen Khutsiev will introduce and discuss his film ‘It was the Month of May’ (Byl mesiats mai, 1970,109 mins). In Russian WITHOUT SUBTITLES . A synopsis will be available on the night. Screened to coincide with the 69th observance of Victory Day, the film is set in the first days after the end of World War II. It follows the lives of a group of Soviet soldiers as they interact with the residents of the German village where they are stationed. A reception, hosted by the Cambridge University Russian Society, will follow the screening, which is free and open to the public.

Marlen Martynovich Khutsiev was born in Tbilisi in 1925, began his filmmaking career in Odessa and has lived in the same Moscow apartment for the last 26 years. His early work was shaped by Soviet filmmakers’ discovery of Italian neorealism in the 1950s; his great 1960s films have more in common with the work of Antonioni and Godard. Frequently subject to politically motivated attacks by Soviet authorities, his films are few in number, but each an aesthetic and historical landmark. He recently retired from his post as Head of the Directing Faculty at the Russian State Institute of Cinematography. At age 88 he is still active as a filmmaker and president of the Russian Federation’s Guild of Film Directors. He is also a lively raconteur with many stories to tell about his own films, as well as his work with filmmakers Ihor Savchenko, Sergei Parajanov, Andrei Tarkovskii and others.

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