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In honor of his recent string of Golden Mask nominations, we're offering a four film set of Timofey Kulyabin's more recent works (Onegin, Three Sisters, Children of the Sun, KILL) on our streaming platform for $10 ($2.49 per film).

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FOUR FILMS FROM TIMOFEY KULAYBIN

$10 ($2.49 per film)

CHILDREN OF THE SUN

Written during the abortive Russian Revolution of 1905, Maxim Gorky's brilliant darkly comic "Children of the Sun" depicts the new middle-class, foolish perhaps but likeable, as they flounder, philosophize, and yearn for meaning, all while being totally blind to their impending annihilation. Multi-award-winning director Timofey Kulyabin's  modernized production, set in 1999 at Stanford University, focuses on the interplay between the characters, the relationships formed and broken, sparring over culture and the cosmos, barely sensing that their own privileged world is in jeopardy. Featuring 2020 Golden Mask Award Winner, Andrey Chernykh.

Filmed before a live audience from The Red Torch Theatre in Novosibirsk, Russia. 

 

Presented in Russian with English subtitles.

INTRIGUE & LOVE (KILL)

Director Timofey Kulyabin has not only reduced the name of Frederich Schiller's drama to its Russian acronym "КИЛ" , but also the play itself. What was a melodramatic tale is now an exploration of hidden undeclared feelings which the director plumbs with subtle shifts in set design, music, lighting and hushed murmured prayers. The characters discuss love in dispassionate, quiet voices, remembering that declarations of love are indecent. “Kill”, then is not so much about the murder of Louise, but about the murder of love, and therefore of God himself.

Filmed before a live audience from The Red Torch Theatre in Novosibirsk, Russia. 

 

Presented in Russian with English subtitles.

THE THREE SISTERS

Anton Chekhov's The Three Sisters probes the lives and dreams of Olga, Masha, and Irina, former Muscovites now living in a provincial town from which they're desperate to escape. In this powerful play, a landmark of modern drama, Chekhov masterfully interweaves character and theme in subtle ways that make the work's climax seem as inevitable as it is deeply moving.  Timofey Kulyabin, the 35 year old artistic director of the Red Torch Theatre in Novosibirsk, has taken this classic work and reinvented it as an epic parable about finding harmony through suffering. The entire cast, save for one, communicate throughout the performance solely in sign language. By doing this, the selfishness, isolation and lack of mutual understanding are dangerous and laden with disaster, the characters defenseless against a huge "sounding" world. Like a score, every scene is composed with sounds and noises. Kulyabin's sensational and endlessly beautiful Three Sisters, already a hit on the stages of Vienna and Paris, is a feast for the senses, heightening all of them even as we lose some of them. 

Filmed before a live audience from The Red Torch Theatre in Novosibirsk, Russia. 

 

Presented in Russian Sign Language with either Russian or English subtitles.

ONEGIN

Timofey Kulyabin's Golden Mask Award winning Onegin removes all expectations of Pushkin's novel in verse and places you not in some historical epoch, but in today's world, immersed in the inner thoughts, hopes, despairs, passions and disappointments that drift in, through and around the 4 central figures, Onegin, Tatiana, Olga and Lensky. There are no grand balls, no fans, no lorgnettes, no "Encyclopedia of Russian life". Just a quiet love story that perfectly conveys the attitude of the great poet and how very much his masterwork still resonates with our 21st century reality.

Filmed before a live audience from The Red Torch Theatre in Novosibirsk, Russia. 

 

Presented in Russian with English subtitles.