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KHRUSTALYOV, MY CAR! screening at Rio Dalston, London

14th December 2018

One of the great films of the 1990s…a brilliantly directed, unrelentingly grotesque, savagely bleak comedy.”  Village Voice.

Seven years in the making, and now newly restored to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its first release KHRUSTALYOV, MY CAR! is the fever dream of a satire regarded as the inspiration behind Armando Iannucci’s THE DEATH OF STALIN. It is also is one of Soviet director Aleksey German’s most enduring and gorgeous masterpieces, as relevant to today as it was when it first appeared.

Moscow 1953: Stalin's purges continue but the Russian dictator is on his deathbed. When General Yuri Glinsky, a military surgeon, tries to escape, he is abducted, taken to the lowest rungs of hell, and deposited at the heart of an enigma...

Brilliantly conveying at firsthand all the madness, paranoia and absurdity that pervaded Moscow during the final days of Stalin’s regime, KHRUSTALYOV, MY CAR! is stunningly filmed in glistening high contrast black-and-white. Its restoration is a fitting tribute to director Aleksey German who dedicated his life to the fight against totalitarianism.

“A triumph! Aleksey German’s dizzying, dazzling drama resembles nothing else in cinema – although if Fellini, Tarkovsky and Tati had pooled resources to update a Gogol story, they might have matched it!” – The Guardian

Russian with English subtitles

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