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Russian Film Series returns with five films

Jan. 18, 2006

KALAMAZOO--The Russian Film Series at Western Michigan University presents five films February through April in room 1021 of Brown Hall.

All screenings are Wednesdays beginning at 7 p.m. and are free of charge. Films are presented in Russian with English subtitles. The public is invited. A list of films and screening dates follows.

Feb. 1 - "Diamond Arm" (1968)
Director: L. Gaidai (106 minutes)

From a seacoast town a chief foreign currency dealer sends his assistant on a tourist trip abroad. While traveling the assistant happens to meet a modest economist Semen Gorbunkov. Events begin to develop, making it difficult for the assistant to part with his newly made acquaintance.

Feb. 15 - "Night Watch" (2004)
Director: Timur Bekmambetov (105 minutes)

Different forces rule the streets at night--dark magicians and vampires. Their supernatural powers cannot be defeated with regular weapons. But following these ''night hunters'' are those who for centuries have battled the forces of twilight. They are called Night Watch.

March 15 - "House of Fools" (2003)
Director: Andrei Konchyalovsky (108 minutes)

The inmates are running the asylum literally. As a war around led by local rebels surrounds the tranquil haven, the patients of a small psychiatric hospital remain cut off from the raging conflict. The medical staff abandons the hospital, leaving the residents to fend for themselves.

March 29 - "Peculiarities of National Fishing" (1995)
Director: Alexander Rogozhkin (94 minutes)

The film explores peculiarities of the puzzling Russian soul. Three inseparable friends--an army general, a sentry and their friend--decide to go fishing. Their cutter loses its way, and they find themselves in Finland.

April 12 - "Heart of a Dog" (1988)
Director: Vladimir Bortko (131 minutes)

Professor Preobrazhensky attempts to change his dog Sharik into a person much like himself.

The Russian Film Series is sponsored by the Russian Section of the WMU Department of Foreign Languages. Contact Dr. Dasha Nisula, professor of foreign languages, at dasha.nisula@wmich.edu for more information.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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