Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Barber of Siberia

Wed, August 5, 2009 | GRG 102

7:00 PM

1998, 180 min.

Against the backdrop of 19th Century Tsarist Russia, a foreign entrepreneur and his lovely assistant Jane venture to the wilds of Siberia to sell an experimental timber harvester. Instead of business, however, Jane finds love in Siberia when she meets a young Russian officer, André, and she spends the next 10 years pursuing him throughout his exile.

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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