aaus-list @ ukrainianstudies.org -- [aaus-list] Muratova's film "The Piano Tuner" tonight

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The October event of the Ukrainian Film Club at Columbia University will 

(2004, director Kira Muratova (Ukraine), 154 minutes)

"The Piano Tuner" is a penetrating portrayal of a society on the verge 
of moral collapse. As the old network of interpersonal relationships 
falls prey to the kleptocratic capitalism of the Kuchma era, human 
behaviour is overtaken by one principle: “Money does not smell.” Virtues 
like honesty, decency, compassion and trust become liabilities, and can 
lead to ruin. The main protagonists, two women past their prime, are by 
choice out of tune with the real world. Enter the Tuner. His nice 
manners, quick wit and empathy are a trick. Ominously, the tuning of an 
old piano becomes the “tuning “of the two ladies to the new reality of 
post-Soviet Ukraine.

Starring Georgiy Deliyev (Ukraine), Alla Demidova (Russia), Nina 
Ruslanova (Russia), Renata Litvinova (Russia) – each of whom delivers an 
unforgettable performance in this film. Original Russian language 
version with English subtitles.

The film will be introduced by Yuri Shevchuk, the director of the 
Ukrainian Film Club at Columbia University. Discussion will follow the 

WHEN: Thursday, October 19, at 7:30 PM
WHERE: Room 717, Hamilton Hall, Columbia University, 1130 Amsterdam 
Ave., New York, NY (subway train #1 to 116th St.).

The screening is free and open to the public.

For more information, please see: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/ufc/

Diana Howansky
Staff Associate
Ukrainian Studies Program
Columbia University
Room 1208, MC3345
420 W. 118th Street
New York, NY  10027
(212) 854-4697

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