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Murder mystery offered next in Russian Film Series

Oct. 16, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Murder mystery "State Councilor" ("Statski Sovetnik") is next in the Russian Film Series at Western Michigan University beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, 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.

Directed by Filipp Yankovsky, the 2005 film is the third based on Boris Akunin's "Priklucheniya Erasta Petrovicha Fandorina" series of novels. When a high-ranking official is killed on a train by an assassin, all clues point to State Councilor Erast Fandorin as the murderer. Of course, Fandorin (played by Oleg Menshikov), the hero of the series, is not the killer, and he is summoned to solve the murder. The assassin is an anarchist named Green (Konstantin Khabensky), who is in contact with a double agent working within the state department.

The Russian Film Series is held each semester and parallels the themes being taught in Russian language, literature and culture classes in WMU's Department of Foreign Languages. "Brother" and "Brother II" were also shown in 2005 and return by popular request.

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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