Cinema: A Public Affair



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Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:99 min
Premiere Status:North American
Director:Tatiana Brandrup
Producer:Katrin Springer
Screenwriter:Tatiana Bandrup
Cinematographer:Martin Farkas
Tatiana Brandrup
Editor:Tatiana Brandrup
Arsen Yagdjyan
Print Source:FilmKantine
Note Writer:Robert Avila


Last year, when Russia’s Ministry of Culture removed Naum Kleiman as founding director of the Moscow Cinema Museum, the global outcry was swift and genuine. Under Kleiman’s legendary leadership, Moscow’s cinematheque was a vital, longtime center of cultural and intellectual life. But his internationalist vision, which projected cinema as a civic art form capable of “turning people into citizens,” had been adrift in Putin’s Russia. By 2005, the museum was operating in internal exile, its vast collection in storage. Tatiana Brandrup’s passionate documentary makes canny use of excerpts from the films of Sergei Eisenstein and others to trace Russian cinema’s historic opposition to tyranny. Meanwhile she reveals Kleiman, a foremost expert on Eisenstein, as a resolute man whose calm, measured tone amid the political machinations around him belies a fierce moral convictionechoed by his loyal staff and othersthat art must play a role in resisting the reactionary nationalism that has Russian society increasingly in its grip.

Co-presented by Berlin & Beyond, Pacific Film Archive, and San Francisco Film Society

Additional Information

Tatiana Brandrup was born in Northern California to German and Russian parents. She studied visual anthropology with Jean Rouch in Paris and then feature-film direction at NYU and the HFF in Munich. Since 1990 she has worked as a director and screenwriter for feature films and documentaries for television and Internet formats. She has taught at Humboldt University, Berlin and the VGIK, Moscow. In 2004 she made her first feature film Georgisches Liebeslied. She lives in Tel Aviv.