Alexander Mitta captivated by avant-garde

Russian director Alexander Mitta tells journalists, ahead of private screening of Chagall-Malevich, that he plans to return to Vitebsk to shoot film on Russian avant-garde movement
By Alena Tikhonova

Russian director Alexander Mitta tells journalists, ahead of private screening of Chagall-Malevich, that he plans to return to Vitebsk to shoot film on Russian avant-garde movement

“After making my film about Chagall, I’ve become captivated by the avant-garde. It was an incredibly fruitful age and a great moment of truth in Russian history — when the Soviet Union spoke to the whole world: Tatlin, Malevich, Mayakovsky, and the absurd poets. It emerged from the revolution. During that time of communist terror, when the threat of death hung large, art presented a free language: new and bright. There were many talented painters so I want to explore Malevich in my next film and I won’t be able to do this without Vitebsk,” Mr. Mitta emphasised.

The pre-premiere screening of Mitta’s Chagall-Malevich was held in Moscow on March 31st and received worthy recognition. He notes,  “I didn’t expect this, as the picture is modest. Films about painters aren’t successful financially but, in this case, the expectation rating on the Internet is 97 percent. Premieres have been full, and the number of copies requested is ‘off the scale’.” The world premiere of Mitta’s Chagall-Malevich, including in Belarus, was organised on April 3rd — screened under the patronage of the Culture Ministry, in 17 cinemas across various cities.

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