Melbourne Cinémathèque 2019 The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Beginning of an Unknown Era

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Made for the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution, this two-part omnibus film (four episodes were originally commissioned) was deemed “insufficiently optimistic” by Brezhnev’s censors and was suppressed until 1987.

Larisa Shepitko’s Dovzhenko-esque contribution, The Homeland of Electricity, paints a grim picture of impoverished rural life in the Volga region circa 1921, while Andrei Smirnov’s brutal Angel concerns a train full of refugees captured by counter-revolutionary bandits.

35mm print courtesy of the British Film Institute.

Preceded by Larisa, Elem Klimov (1980) 25 mins.

This moving elegy from Shepitko’s grief-stricken husband includes behind-the-scenes footage from her films, photos and words from Shepitko herself.

35mm print courtesy of the British Film Institute Archive.

During ACMI's redevelopment, Melbourne Cinémathèque screenings will take place at The Capitol. For maps and accessibility information see ACMI Cinemas during closure.