The release in 2013 of a state-funded film about Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin reflects the desire for new heroes for modern Russia and contrasts with the gangster-dominated cinema of the Yeltsin era. During this time, the villain-as-hero was rewarded for committing crimes. Brother was a huge domestic hit and featured a former soldier, Danila Bagrov, who embarks on life as a hitman.
In his talk, Dr. Justin Doherty (TCD) will look at the social, cultural and political context in which such a hero was defined in contrast to those of classic Russian cinema.
This event is taking place as part of the IFI Evening Course, Heroic Gestures (February 4th – March 11th). Full course price: €60 (€55 concessions), including tea/coffee. Please book your place by calling Sharon Corrigan on 01 679 5744 or emailing email@example.com (Individual tickets for films on this Course are not available.)