An Evening of Soviet Sci-Fi Animation

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Films curated and introduced by Kathryn Marks

In Soviet Russia, science and technology ranked at the top of the Marxist system’s priorities. A belief that human suffering could be alleviated by way of technological and scientific innovation was an integral part of revolutionary culture. Science-fiction has long had a place in mainstream Russian literature and film: a genre where nothing is impossible and humanity’s artistic, cultural, and technological potential can be speculated. When it comes to animation, that proves doubly so.

Interested? Then come out for a night of far-out sci-fi cartoons (with a special sexy encore).

Shooting Range (1979) V. Tarasov
In New York City, an unemployed young man finds a job in a shooting gallery as a living target. After a while, the man falls in love and lives in the gallery with his wife at gunpoint. After having their first child, the shooting range owner wants to use it as a target as well, pushing the family to its moral and psychological limits.

The Return (1980) V. Tarasov
Spacecraft “Valdai T-614” is seriously damaged while returning to Earth from a mission to Jupiter-8. All navigation and automated systems on board have failed and with the cosmonaut in sleep-statis it is impossible to successfully land the ship. All attempts from Earth to wake him prove futile until the head of Command orders the ship to fly over the pilot’s pastoral village. Can the familiar spirit of his boyhood home jar him from sleep and allow him to safely land the vessel?

Once Upon A Time (1990)
A giant metal dragon torments the poor workers of an industrial village. Every day the dragon’s robotic servants kidnap beautiful girls, carrying them off to his lair. One brave young man, whose bride was also kidnapped, decides to take on the hated metal monster.

The Nymph Salmaka (1992) Anatoly Petrov
In Ancient Greece, a remarkably handsome young man is transformed into an androgynous-being after sleeping with the water nymph, Salmaka.

Screening will run approximately one hour.
Discussion and dancing to follow.

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