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Films & Schedules - WARD NO. 6


Wed, Feb 24, 2010
at 6 PM (WH)
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Thu, Feb 25, 2010
at 8:15 PM (B3)
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DIRECTOR: Aleksandr Gornovsky, Karen Shakhnazarov - RUSSIA

A major box office and critical hit in Russia, and this year’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Ward No. 6 is a bold, modern update of Chekhov’s tale of a psych-ward doctor turned patient in his own asylum. Filming in an actual mental hospital, the directors interview real patients with actors only incidentally wandering in and out of the frame. Used by Chekhov as a metaphor for a man’s disappointment with the promises of science, the story now reconsiders that disappointment as a loss of faith in the nation’s future.

Gornovsky Filmography: Son (04), 20 Cigarettes (07).

Shakhnazarov Filmography: Jazzmen (83), Dreams (93), The Rider Named Death (04).

In May the Film Center will be presenting “Celebrating Chekhov on the Russian Screen."

83 Minutes    

Interests: Oscar Submissions, Narrative Feature.

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