Kira Muratova (1934-2018), who worked mostly in the Ukrainian city of Odessa, is one of the most innovative, imaginative, exciting and versatile directors to emerge out of the Soviet Union, where her early films were censored and her later work – celebrated. Whilst she is well known within the territory of Russia and Ukraine, her work – an oeuvre that comprises more than fifteen feature films made over six decades — remains little seen and not widely recognized as part of the shaping feminist cannon of film history. With the workshop Kira Muratova@St Andrews, co organized by the IGCCC and CRSCEES, we aim to compensate for this.
We will screen her film KOROTKIE VSTRECHI/BRIEF ENCOUNTERS (1967), followed by discussion.
This is Muratova’s first solo-directed feature film, made at Odessa studios, starring Nina Ruslanova, Vladimir Visotsky, and K. Muratova, B&W, 87 min.
In addition, we will welcome contributions from Prof. Dina Iordanova (St Andrews), Dr. Irina Schulzki (Berlin), Dr Masha Shpolberg (Yale), and critic/independent scholar Giuliano Vivaldi (Scarborough).