Slavic and Eurasian Studies


Wed, July 22, 2009 | GRG 102

7:00 PM

1996, 99 min.

Shooting home movies was long forbidden in the Soviet Union, but not all up-and-coming directors paid the law much attention. For 13 years, Mikhalkov filmed conversations with his daughter Anna, asking her the same 5 questions each year. Their casual interviews were secretly processed, and the resulting intimate portrait of a young girl's evolving consciousness became the backbone of his startling and brilliant documentary.

Nikita Mikhalkov is one of Russia's most famous directors. His films have won international acclaim and numerous awards. In addition, he has appeared in more than 40 movies. His fame, his strong nationalist views, and his close ties to former Russian president, now Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin have brought him both praise and controversy. This summer we will follow his directorial career from his debut (At Home Among Strangers, 1974) to his recent, most well-known works (Burnt by the Sun, Barber of Siberia). Mikhalkov's newest film, 12, recently opened in US theatres.

For more information, please contact Allegra Azulay at: (512) 471-7782,

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