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Film Screening: Director Marlen Khutsiev presents 'I AM TWENTY' (Mne 20 let, 1964)

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Filmmaker Marlen Khutsiev will introduce and discuss his masterpiece ‘I AM TWENTY ’ (Mne 20 let, 1964, 165 minutes). Screened in Russian with English subtitles. Originally prepared for release in 1963 under the title ‘Lenin’s Gate’(Zastava Il’icha), the film was re-edited and re-named after Khruschev criticized it publicly. Its portrait of three young workers at loose ends in 1960s Moscow is now considered a key work of the Soviet ‘New Wave.’ Andrei Tarkovsky and Andrei Konchalovsky play small walk-on roles. The screening 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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