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DFI and QM to celebrate 'Qatar-Russia Year of Culture' with screenings.

My Friend Ivan Lapshin is about a police detective in Stalinist Russia, who lives a life of extremes.

The Doha Film Institute (DFI) and Qatar Museums (QM) are marking the Qatar-Russia Year of Culture 2018 with a special 'Russian Film Showcase' from today to November 13 at the Museum of Islamic Art auditorium. Curated by The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, the special film showcase will comprise screenings of some of the accomplished works by auteurs. "Cinema has always been central to the cultural narrative of Russia, with several powerful works setting industry trends and creative standards, and inspiring generations of film aspirants," DFI CEO Fatma al-Remaihi said. "The Russian Film Showcase, featuring films from over six decades, is a great opportunity for film enthusiasts to watch some of the powerful films that present fascinating insights into the landscape of Russia," she added. With a selection of masterpieces and classics of Soviet Union and Russian cinema, the 'Russian Film Showcase' will flag off with the screening of the classic, Battleship Potemkin (1925), directed by Sergei Eisenstein today at 6pm. The film is set in the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, as the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. A technical masterpiece, Battleship Potemkin is Soviet cinema at its finest, and its montage editing techniques remain influential to this day. At 8.30pm, Alexander Nevsky (1938) by Sergei Eisenstein and Dmitri Vasilyev will be screened. The film is about Prince Alexander Nevsky, who must rally his people to resist the German knights that invade Russia. Screening of The Cranes are Flying (1957) by Mikhail Kalatozov is scheduled on October 16 at 7pm. Based on a play by V Rusov, the film is a love story set during the early years of WWII. Mirror (1974) by Andrei Tarkovsky will be screened on October 30 at 7pm. Tarkovsky mixes historical footage and original poetry to illustrate the reminiscences of a dying man about his childhood during World War II, adolescence, and a painful divorce in his family. On November 6 at 7pm, My Friend Ivan Lapshin (1984) by Aleksei German will be screened. It is about a police detective in Stalinist Russia, who lives a life of extremes. Come and See (1985) by Elem Klimov is set on November 13 at 7pm. The film charts the life of Florya, who is forced into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, after his village invaded by German forces.

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Date:Oct 9, 2018
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