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Slapstick comedy offered next in Russian Film Series

Oct. 30, 2006

KALAMAZOO--The 1995 slapstick satire "Peculiarities of National Hunting" is next in the Russian Film Series at Western Michigan University beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, on the 10th floor of Sprau Tower. The film is presented in Russian with English subtitles and is open free of charge to the public.

Written and directed by Aleksandr Rogozhkin, "Peculiarities of National Hunting" ("Osobennosti Natsionalnoy Okhoty") is the story of a young Finnish researcher who journeys to rural Russia to observe the hunting customs there and is invited to take part in a hunting party. His flamboyant companions include an Army general, a police detective and a local forest ranger, who is a devotee of Zen Buddhism. The Fin soon discovers that the hunting expedition consists mostly of constant drinking and chasing after local farm girls.

All films in the series are shown on Wednesdays beginning at 7 p.m. on the 10th floor of Sprau Tower. All are present in Russian with English subtitles and are open free of charge to the public.

Fall 2006 Russian Film Series

Sept. 27, "My Big Armenian Wedding" (2005)

Oct. 11, "Brother" (1998)

Oct. 25, "State Councilor" (2005)

Nov. 1, "Peculiarities of National Hunting" (1995)

Nov. 15, "Brother II" (2000)

For more information about the Russian Film Series, contact Dr. Dasha Nisula, professor of Russian, at dasha.nisula@wmich.edu or (269) 387-3005.

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

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