Glorified in Ukraine after director Aleksandr Dovzhenko’s death, the avant-garde Earth, banned nine days after its release, gave rise to a large number of controversial interpretations. Full of lyrical pantheism and, at the same time, utopian exaltation, the film demonstrated the ambiguity of the Ukrainian civilizational choice of the 1920s, culminating in dramatic collectivization. At the International Referendum in Brussels in 1958, the film was named one of the 12 most significant achievements of world cinema. This screening will be the 2012 restoration with a new score composed by acclaimed Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha. [75 mins; drama; Russian with English subtitles]
A Q&A with Joshua Malitsky (Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies and Director of the Center for Documentary Research and Practice) and Stas Menzelevskyi (PhD student, The Media School, and former head of Research and Programming Department at the Ukrainian State Film Archive/Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Center) will follow the screening.
"The astonishingly beautiful Earth is unlike anything else in movies." – J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Incontestably one of the greatest of all Soviet [Ukrainian] films." – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"In Aleksandr Dovzhenko's orgiastic paean to Soviet collectivism and tractor-ism Earth, there is nothing more beautiful than the untainted countryside." – Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine