Millennium Presents: LES SOVIETS PLUS L’ÉLECTRICITÉ
322 Union Ave
Nov 11th, 6:30pm
This special screening kicks off a US tour which continues on Tuesday, November 12 with a screening of his latest film, Differently Molussia, at the New School.
The Soviets Plus Electricity (Les Soviets plus l’électricité)
175 minutes |USA | Soviet Union | 2001 | 16 mm
A cinetrip to a defunct country. Super-self-production in Sviemacolor. Wandering through Russia as if through someone else’s house. ” Day two is the worst. It was the same in the train: on the second day, I stamped my feet impatiently. Then, from the third day on, it gets better. You get used to the slowness, to the monotonous landscape, to a life made up of short sleep-eat-wait cycles having absolutely nothing to do with the usual timing of a day. ” Advertisements for linoleum as if it were some precious stone, and entire cities – built on gold mines – left abandoned. There is no such thing as Russian chaos. Just “Europe” stretching all the way to the Pacific Ocean, and no longer merely to the ghostly Oural Mountains.
Since 1993 Nicolas Rey has been making films that hover between photography, documentaries and the avant-garde. He is one of the founders of the Paris-based artist film lab L’Abominable.
This screening is supported by a grant from the New York State Council of the Arts. “The Nicholas Rey touring exhibition is supported in part by a grant from Cine2000, a program of FACE”.