SOVIET SPACE: Russian films marking Cosmonautics Day
The world’s first streaming service for cinema from Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia, Klassiki, will mark the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s space flight on 12 April 1961 with a special weekend of films all available online.
From Friday 9 – Monday 12 April a selection of films inspired by the Soviet Union’s contribution to the Space Race will be available for UK audiences.
The season, SOVIET SPACE, offers a unique perspective on Russia’s ambitious space programme of the 20th-century and straddles Cosmonautics Day – a day when the achievements of Russia’s space programme are recognised.
The star of the line-up is Nika-award winning Paper Soldier. In 1961, Kazakhstan, a Soviet medical officer, charged with managing the mental and physical wellbeing of Gagarin and the first Soviet cosmonauts, fights for his own sanity when faced with the reality of sending a human into space. German’s classic shines a light on the the way ordinary Russian lives were impacted by the Space Race.
Aleksei German Jr, critically acclaimed director of Paper Soldier and son of the eminent filmmaker Aleksei German Sr, will introduce the film in a special online event on Friday 9 April.
The SOVIET SPACE programme also includes:
Described as “Mad Max meets Monty Python by way of Tarkovsky,” Kin-Dza-Dza (Georgiy Daneliya) is a genre-bending sci-fi travelling through space and time.
In this sci-fi animation, Contact, Vladimir Tarasov explores the theme of universal communication when a painter experiences first contact with a shapeshifting alien.
To watch, become a member of Klassiki and join on Friday 9 April, 7pm GMT.
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