For Marx

Svetlana Baskova

Trailer of For Marx, Feature 100 minutes, colour, 1:1,85, Dolby Digital 5.1

Director’s Talk and Q&A at the Screening

baskovaVenue: Verdensteatret Cinema
Time: 7.30pm, 14 Septemeber

Director and Scriptwriter: Svetlana Baskova Directors of Photography: Maksim Mosin, Egor Antonov
Production Design: Svetlana Baskova
Sound: Kirill Vasilenko
Editing: Veronika Pavlovskaia
Cast: Sergei Pakhomov, Vladimir Epifantsev, Viktor Sergachev, Lavrentii Svetlichnyi, Aleksandr Kovalev, Vladimir Iakovlev, Denis Iakovlev, Mikhail Kalinkin
Producers: Anatoli Osmolovski, Andrei Silvestrov, Gleb Aleinikov
Production Ad Studio, CINEFANTOM

The workers in a steel factory have organised an independent trade union to protest against intolerable working conditions, rotten cafeteria food, wage cuts, and layoffs. The factory owners, who have the official trade union on their payroll, seek to combat their activities with every trick in the book. With a focus more on irony than psychology, the film cites all kinds of historical, literary, and aesthetic discourses in intelligent, entertaining manner. While the capitalist (portrayed here in the style of the oil barons from American TV series) is concerned with expanding his collection of representative art as a means of expressing his power, the members of the workers’ film club debate aesthetic concepts by pitting Brecht against Hollywood. And the independent unionists discuss the theses of Marxist historian Mikhail Pokrovsky, who relates the history of Russia as one of class struggle. While its content may be the stuff of heroic sagas (film history showing where rotten cafeteria food can lead), contemporary turbo-capitalism is more familiar with broken heroes and showdowns rather than revolution. Both Brechtian and Hollywood in formal terms: alienation effect and bloodbath.

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