On September 14, Lenfilm will celebrate the 80th anniversary of Vladimir Kobrin on a large scale with the opening of an exhibition and the opening of the World of Knowledge Film Festival


Exhibition “Absolutely from nothing: the cinema avant-garde of Vladimir Kobrin” will immerse the viewer in the cinematic world of the director – the space of surprise and confusion, the territory of science and art, the logic of rationality and fantasy at the same time. Kobrin is called the “pioneer of computer animation”, is considered to be a late Soviet avant-garde and experimental cinema, the development and rethinking of the tradition of popular science film in the USSR is associated with his name.

The curators of the exhibition are film and photography researcher, lecturer Olga Davydovaart critic Karina Karaeva and art critic, film and media researcher Vladislav Rumyantsev. Exhibition artist – Polina Zaslavskaya.

The exhibition will be located in the foyer and museum space of the Lenfilm film studio. In the foyer, the audience will be greeted by a large timeline wall that will tell about Kobrin’s films, as well as explain the director’s work through contemporary trends in science and art: from the discovery of biophysics and the work of Soviet avant-garde artists of the 1960s to the “parallel cinema” of the turn of 1980-1990 -s.

An allusion to Vladimir Kobrin’s office and a small cinema hall, as well as six interactive still life tables, will be built in the Lenfilm Museum. Accepting an invitation to this or that table, the viewer will find himself in the space of interpretations not only of Kobrin’s work, but also of those phenomena that he describes in his cinema.

For the first time, the exhibition will present both original artifacts and analog and digital games created especially for it, which will also help the viewer find the keys to the universe of Vladimir Kobrin. The exhibition space will feature the voices of Alexander Sokurov, Yuri Norshtein, Andrey Khrzhanovsky, Olesya Turkina, Viktor Mazin, Naum Kleiman and other connoisseurs and connoisseurs of the director’s work.

“There are directors whose films are difficult to approach. Vladimir Mikhailovich Kobrin is one of them. His films are fascinating, but not amenable to retelling. Images are imprinted in memory, but resist unambiguous interpretation. Any descriptions of Kobrin’s cinematography seem insufficient,” – the curator of the exhibition notes Olga Davydova.

“The cinema of Vladimir Kobrin is a whole world inhabited by people and mechanisms, things and forms, each of which is in constant motion, lives its time, reacting to the changing reality around. We called this exhibition “Absolutely from nothing” – this is the name of one of Vladimir Kobrin’s films, and from this point of “nothing”, the point of zero, it seems that it’s just worth starting to get acquainted with the world of this director, extremely original and not for anything similar”, the curator says Vladislav Rumyantsev.

“In the world of scientific cinema, more broadly, in cinematography, science, technology and contemporary art, Vladimir Kobrin is an unidentified planet. The goal of the exhibition is to unravel it and offer the viewer a new visual and scientific alphabet”, – added curator Karina Karaeva.

The exhibition will be held at once in several spaces of the Lenfilm film studio from September 15 to October 9, 2022. Details and opening hours of the exhibition can be found on the website. https://kobrin80.ru/

The organizer of the exhibition is the film studio “Lenfilm” with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

Immediately after the opening of the exhibition, the opening ceremony will be held at the Lenfilm Cinema Center XVII International Film Festival of Popular Science and Research Films “World of Knowledge”.

This year, part of the festival program is also dedicated to Vladimir Kobrin. On September 17, a non-stop retrospective of the director’s films will be shown, admission to which will be free. And as part of the opening ceremony, there will be an audiovisual performance dedicated to the work of Kobrin performed by Nikolai Sudnik (a legendary figure in the St. Petersburg musical underground since the 90s), Dmitry Shubin (winner of the Grand Prix of the S. Russia, Europe and USA).

The opening film will be the world premiere – the picture “Volcano Blues” by the St. Petersburg director Ilya Zheltyakov, dedicated to field expeditions to one of the most dangerous natural objects in the world.

XVII International Film Festival of Popular Science and Research Films “World of Knowledge” will be held in St. Petersburg on September 14-18, 2022. At the center of the film review are international and Russian programs, which include 17 films from 8 countries of the world, including 8 Russian premieres at the festival. The theme is “Out of time and space”. The festival traditionally expands the boundaries of scientific cinema, this year the World of Knowledge focuses on the intangible cultural heritage of Russia. Several sites of the Northern capital will be involved at once, each of which has its own place in the architecture of the show: Lenfilm, Lendok, Cinema House, New Holland and others. The festival program is available on the website https://nauka.world/

World of Knowledge is a large-scale interdisciplinary project at the intersection of science and art, exploring the possibilities of translating scientific knowledge into the language of cinema. The mission of the festival, organized by the Film Studio. M. Gorky, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, consists in popularizing scientific and research cinema, creating new opportunities for self-realization of directors and artists.

Lenfilm studio”: Kamennoostrovsky prospect, 10

18:30 Gathering guests

19:00 Opening of the exhibition

20:15 Opening ceremony of the film festival “World of Knowledge”

21:15 Screening of the opening film “Volcano Blues” by St. Petersburg director Ilya Zheltyakov


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