Cinema: A Public Affair
This riveting documentary by a Russian-German director, Tatania Brandrup, focuses on the progressive depredations inflicted on the world-renowned Moscow Film Museum (the Musey Kino) by a succession of Russian bureaucracies. The film also details the heroic fight back by the remaining and former staff to keep the flame alive.
The Musey Kino was founded by the film historian Naum Kleiman in 1989; it had enormous importance in Moscow during the Glasnost years and for a new generation of Russian filmmakers. In 2005, the museum was evicted from its building in central Moscow and began a struggle to survive in makeshift temporary buildings, while Kleiman and his staff maintained a 'Cinema in Exile' program of almost daily screenings in cinemas and museums across Moscow.
'A contemporary horror story – how a flourishing, idealistic, socially essential entity can be crushed by invisible official forces … As the story goes on, we have a sense of celebration and the indispensable role of cinema in civilised society. If this is tragedy, the catharsis is supreme. Venceremos!' - program note, Pordenone Silent Film Festival
Australian premiere, presented in association with the Friends of the NFSA
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