At this year’s Forum there will be a special presentation of Tatiana Brandu’s film Cinema: A Public Affair. The film portrays film historian Naum Kleiman, founder of the Eisenstein Centre and from 1989 – 2014 director of the Moscow Cinema Museum. Together with the former deputy director of the Cinema Museum Maxim Pavlov, he will speak about utopia and the aspirations expressed in film and art production, about the role of cultural institutions after change and upheavals, and about the current situation in Russian cultural life.
Joining them in conversation wil be Ekaterina Degot, Artistic Director of the Academy of the Arts of the World in Cologne. Degot’s work focuses on aesthetic and socio-political issues in Russia and Eastern Europe, predominantly in the post-Soviet era. In 2013 she co-edited the book Post-Post-Soviet? Art, Politics and Society in Russia at the Turn of the Decade (with Ilya Budraitskis and Marta Dziewanska).