(Guest post by our friend the Petersburg film critic and scholar Anjelika Artyukh. For more information about Russian Lessons, see the film’s official website.)
Andrei Nekrasov and Olga Konskaya’s film Russian Lessons will never be shown on Russian television. Not, at least, until Russia becomes a democratic state with a free mass media. It is entirely possible that many western channels will refuse to buy it, because the issues that it touches on also concern the western world and the mass media in the West. The future of Russian Lessons lies at festivals, which makes the fact that its very first festival screening was in Rotterdam, a place where such films usually don’t go unnoticed, particularly important.
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Thanks for this tipp to my friend Nini Palavandishvili!