Join colleagues from the Department of Film Studies for a workshop screening to celebrate the work of remarkable Soviet/Ukrainian feminist director Kira Muratova (1934-2018).
Kira Muratova, who worked mostly in the Ukrainian city of Odessa, is one of the most innovative, imaginative, exciting and versatile directors to emerge from 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 15 feature films made over six decades – remains little seen and not widely recognised as part of the shaping feminist cannon of film history.
With the workshop Kira Muratova@St Andrews the the Institute for Global Cinema and Creative Cultures (IGCCC) and the Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and East European Studies (CRSCEES) aim to compensate for this.
The IGCCC and the CRSCEES will screen the 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 Kira Muratova herself (B&W, 87 min).
There will also be contributions from Dr Victoria Donovan and Professor Dina Iordanova (St Andrews), Irina Schulzki (convener of the Kira Muratova Research group/LMU Munich), Dr Masha Shpolberg (Yale/Wellesley) and critic/independent scholar Giuliano Vivaldi. It is also hoped that Muratova’s husband, artist Evgeny Golubenko, who designed the magnificent ornate sets for most of her later films, will join the discussion via Skype.