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Moscow. "April". Ioseliani.

April 8 2006

The State Center of Contemporary Art hosted evening dedicated to Otaru Ioseliani.

Otar Iosseliani - one of the most interesting and talented directors of XX century, who shot really high-quality copyright movies even during the Soviet era. Despite the abundance of titles and awards, including prizes at the Cannes, Berlin and Venice film festivals, now almost forgotten name Ioseliani elders and completely unfamiliar to young people. Choosing Pepsi and only occasionally looking up from eating a total "American Pie", "new generation", no longer knows who Ioseliani. Moreover, films Ioseliani not so easy to get - they are not in a cheap video-tents, the license also drives many simply can not afford.

Partially remedy this situation tried the Moscow State Center for Contemporary Art. Spent the evening there is more than just like a retrospective. After a brief introduction, the audience showed two films Ioseliani - "April" (1961) and "Once mavis (1970).

If we attempt to define the genre paintings shown, the first comes to mind is the word drama. But no one can ever tell you about the film better than the director himself. Arguing and explaining the essence of painting "Hab mavis, Ioseliani wrote:" The story that we're going to tell you the genre will be a dramatic comedy, or, if I may say so, a comic drama. From the range of issues on which we choose to focus, the main seems to be pretty old problem of execution of man's destiny on earth. It is our deep conviction that despite its antiquity, the problem today is extraordinarily acute.

For reasons of social or, perhaps, for reasons inherent to human nature itself, there are people that are doing a lot of unusual physical or mental movements, anything by not doing ... Here people live - and each of them live one single life as time goes on - and some of them do not notice how fast it runs, does not notice that his memory does not store memories about any of any serious act. "

"Once mavis" in its essence - the movie, the tragedy of a man who, in habitual and sometimes even a very cheerful and pleasant bustle, not to notice how it takes time and as dreams go by.

"April" - another movie. This is the first film by Otar Iosseliani, his graduate work, subjected to severe criticism of the party and has long lain on the dusty shelves as censors banned the film. "April" - a story about how difficult it is to keep love among imposed "life values", the total worship of things and the universal desire to accumulate.

In addition to directly paintings, visitors can see the evening an exhibition of photographs by Otar Iosseliani of a famous journalist Yuri Rost.

Attending the evening the audience was quite diverse, there were also young people. And it can not but rejoice. After all, it is quite possible that it was after that evening someone interested in not only movies Ioseliani, but a classic movie as a whole.


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