Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Kinfolk/ Rodnya

Wed, July 8, 2009 | GRG 102

7:00 PM

1981, 92 min.

Unnerved and tired of living alone in the countryside now that her daughter and granddaughter have moved to Moscow, Maria travels to visit her kin in the big city. While comically sticking her nose in everyone's business and far outstaying her welcome, Maria comes to realize that the city is no place for her at all.

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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