By Maryann Walther-Keisel, office coordinator, Center for Slavic and East European Studies
The Center for Slavic and East European Studies has purchased several films since December and two films were donated as well.
The Conductor (2012, Russia) Directed by Pavel Lungin. Drama about a famous Russian conductor who receives disturbing news about his son just as he is about to travel to Jerusalem to conduct the “St. Matthew’s Passion”.
Country Teacher (2008, Czech Republic) Directed by Bohdan Slama. Drama about a young teacher from Prague who befriends a widow and her teenage son.
Genocide Revealed (2011, Ukraine) Directed by Yurii Luhovy. Documentary about the genocide in Ukraine, focusing on the 1932-33 man-made famine in Soviet Ukraine engineered by Stalin’s regime. Film donated by Ukrainian Women’s League of Cleveland.
Ida (2013, Poland) Directed by Agata Kulesza. Drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who discovers a dark family secret dating back to the Nazi occupation. 2015 Oscar Winner for Best Foreign Film.
Inadequate People (2010, Russia) Directed by Roman Karimov. Comedy about a man who moves to Moscow in an attempt to start a new life and live a “normal” life after a tragedy.
Legend No. 17 (2013, Russia) Directed by Nikolay Lebedev. Biography of Russian ice hockey legend, Valery Kharlamov, from early childhood, rising to the pinnacle of the sport to his untimely death.
Paderewski: A Man of Action, Success and Fame (2013, Poland) Directed by Wieslaw Dabrowski. Biography of man who was pianist, patriot, composer, statement, diplomat and philanthropist. Donated by the Polish Embassy.