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Cinema programme Broken News. Images of Contemporary Propaganda

3–25 ноября 2017


The Broken News cinema programme, compiled by Yevgeny Gusyatinsky and Inge de Leeuw—curators of International Film Festival Rotterdam—marks the centenary of the October Revolution and consists of recent films exploring the contemporary methods and images of propaganda.

The programme selection is made up of the latest works on the boundary between fiction and documentary cinema. They analyze the modern-day ideological space, ever more controversial and opaque—due in part to the blurring of the lines between reality and fiction, fact and fiction, truth and lies. To recall the historical prerequisites of modern propaganda and go back to the origins of the present political situation, the programme also includes the rare film Today (1929), by the pioneer of Soviet montage filmmaking Esfir Shub, and the film Foreigners Out! Schlingensief’s Container (2002), documenting a witty stunt carried out by the famous German artist Christoph Schlingensief—his reflection on the theme of the “turn to the right” and the migration crisis.

International Film Festival Rotterdam is one of the most authoritative and visited in Europe, along with festivals in Cannes, Venice, Berlin and Locarno. It takes place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, since 1972. The festival is focused on supporting and developing alternative and non-commercial films, focusing on films from East Asia and developing countries. Every year the number of visitors reaches 300 thousand.

Curators: Yevgeny Gusyatinsky, Inge de Leeuw


Yevgeny Gusyatinsky is a film curator and film critic. He is a graduate of the S. A. Gerasimov All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography. He has worked as editor of the magazine The Art of Cinema, and authored numerous articles in Russian and international publications. Since 2011 he has served as curator of International Film Festival Rotterdam, selecting films from Russia, the CIS, Eastern Europe, the German-speaking countries, Greece and Israel. As a programmer at International Film Festival Rotterdam, he curated the first complete retrospectives of the films of Kira Muratova and Jan Němec, as well as organising several thematic programmes, including Everyday Propaganda (2015). He lives and works in Moscow.

Inge de Leeuw is a programmer and curator of International Film Festival Rotterdam. She studied cultural studies in Rotterdam and cinema and television in Utrecht. While working in film production, Inge began collaborating with International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2005,  becoming one of its curators in 2010. She selects films from North America, Britain and Ireland and curates thematic programmes on the interaction between cinematography and other disciplines such as Out of Fashion (2011) and Everyday Propaganda (2015). She lives and works in Rotterdam.


Free admission with prior registration.

All films will be shown in their original language with Russian subtitles.
All films are accessible for the deaf and hard of hearing.

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