Russian Film Week is back and in fine form. Opening with “The Whaler Boy”, Philipp Yuryev’s Venice Days winner, the programme also features shorts, masterclasses and talks, including a conversation with Andrey Zviagintsev.
The past is a dream in this bittersweet tale of a writer adrift in Brezhnev’s USSR. An elegiac journey into a luminously hazy Leningrad, Aleksey German Jr’s new film “Dovlatov” follows the life of the now celebrated writer Sergei Dovlatov over six days in 1971, as he struggles to get published. KinoSelect Editors Victoria Naumova and Nadia Bee met “Dovlatov”‘s director over tea, and discussed the writer’s journey.