In Moscow, the Aleinikov brothers embraced the amateur aesthetic and deliberately refused to conform to professional standards. They also founded the independent film magazine Cine Fantom and created a club of the same name for radical “shock therapy” experiments, at a time when the national film industry was in decline after the collapse of the Soviet Union and economic reforms.
At the same time, in Leningrad, the photographer and painter Yevgeny Yufit started filming and directing performances in urban public spaces. Inspired by the images in Eduard von Hofmann’s Atlas of Legal Medicine, the slapstick of Mack Sennett, the French avant-garde and the formal eccentricity of the Soviet cinema of the nineteen-twenties, Yufit’s early short films contain absurd events with black humour and abundant references to death, resulting in a new genre in Parallel Cinema: Necrorealism.
Gleb and Igor Aleinikov:
Traktora, 1987, 12 min; Revolutionary Sketch, 1987, 8 min; Cruel Illness of Men, 1987, 10 min.
Digital screening. English and Catalan subtitles. Copies courtesy of Gleb Aleinikov.
Lesorub (Woodcutter), 1985, digital, 8 min; Vesna (Spring), 1987, digital, 10 min; Rytsary podnesbesya (Knights of Heaven), 1989, 16 mm, 25 min.
English and Catalan subtitles.
Copies courtesy of Masha Godovannaya, except Knights of Heaven, courtesy of EYE Film Institute.
A programme by Mariana Hristova.