Письма мёртвого человека (Letters from a Dead Man) 1986 PG

3.30PM Sat 10 Mar 2018 (1hr 28mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

Letters from a Dead Man will screen from an imported 35mm film print.

A nuclear attack of tremendous proportions has devastated a city, which now resides under martial law. A professor hides out in the basement of a museum, sheltering from both the police and the fallout above ground. In his faltering refuge, he fruitlessly composes mental letters to his missing son and tries to find a path to hope for the children sharing the museum shelter.

Letters from a Dead Man offers a rare insight into the Soviet mindset during the Cold War – a counterpoint to the many American nuclear films that present the USSR as a faceless purveyor of destruction. It is also a brilliantly inventive sci-fi dystopia, crafting a brooding and vivid world wrought by nuclear calamity. Director Konstantin Lopushansky was an assistant to Andrei Tarkovsky on the set of Stalker 1979, and he brings a similar level of atmospheric control here through his stunningly rendered, tinted monochrome aesthetic.

Projected from an imported 35mm film print, this will be a rare theatrical screening of a key work of Soviet science fiction cinema.

CREDITS

35MM, BLACK AND WHITE (COLOUR TINTED), MONO, 87 MINUTES, SOVIET UNION, RUSSIAN (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: KONSTANTIN LOPUSHANSKY / SCRIPT: KONSTANTIN LOPUSHANSKY, VYACHESLAV RYBAKOV, BORIS STRUGATSKY / CINEMATOGRAPHER: NIKOLAI POKOPTSEV / EDITOR: T. POULINOI / PRODUCTION CO: LENFILM STUDIO / PRINT SOURCE: BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE / RIGHTS: GOSFILMOFOND / SCREENING FORMAT: 35MM