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New East Cinema – Oleg and the Rare Arts (Andrés Duque, 2016)
Fri 9 June 2017, 19:00 – 21:00 BST
Calvert 22 Foundation and MUBI are delighted to present the London premiere of Oleg y las raras artes (Oleg and the Rare Arts) as part of New East Cinema, the programme of contemporary cinema from the New East curated by The New Social.
Director Andrés Duque will join us via Skype after the screening for a Q&A session to talk through this award-winning new film, which follows the extraordinary Russian pianist and composer Oleg Karavajchuk.
The film will also be making its online premiere on MUBI on the same day.
Oleg y las raras artes (Oleg and the Rare Arts)
Spain, 2016, dir. Andrés Duque, 67 min.
Who is this man who looks as if he stepped out of a story by Gogol?
The legendary Oleg Nikolaevitch Karavaychuk is the mysterious and moving subject of this loving film by the director Duque. He was moved by the music the pianist composed for a film by Kira Muratova and is the first foreigner to win the trust of the eccentric and still active 89-year-old Russian.
Several biographical facts: Oleg Nikolayevich Karavaychuk (born 1927) played the piano for Stalin as a child prodigy, attended the Leningrad Conservatory and in the course of his career primarily wrote music for theatre and film – for instance, for Paradjanov and Muratova. In Russia, he is admired for his music and his playing, but also for his unique and eccentric personality. At the age of 89, Karavaychuk is still a controversial and puzzling figure in Russian culture.
The beautiful film that Andrés Duque made about him is a gift to the viewer, a gift from an old artist who wants to be reconciled with the world and who transports us away from reality with words, gestures and piano playing, free of social conventions, to a world where clashing dissonance has a liberating beauty.
About New East Cinema
New East Cinema is a bi-monthly film series curated by The New Social, presented by Calvert 22 Foundation in collaboration with the Barbican Centre, which looks across eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia to uncover the most thought-provoking, daring and vibrant cinema coming from today’s "New East".
MUBI is a curated online cinema bringing you cult, classic, independent, and award-winning movies.
Image: From Oleg y las raras artes (dir. Andrés Duque, 2016)