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    The Novgorod Spaceship

    Novgorodi kosmoselaev |

    Director: Andrei Rozen

    Country: USA

    Year: 2016

    Length: 46'

    Language: In English and Russian with English subtitles

    Introduction by Mait Väljas.

    On the banks of the River Volkhov, in the Russian city of Novgorod, a bizarre spaceship landed. This used to be the Dostoevsky Drama Theatre, a modernist masterpiece of unearthly proportions. It was intended to halt the trek to the big cities by promoting the cultural life of Novgorod. Forty years later, it remains an impressive building that recalls the golden years of Soviet Architecture. But local people are less impressed. They calmly watch as the building deteriorates and attracts skaters and junkies. In this enthralling film, Andrei Rozen exposes the soul of the people of Novgorod and tells the story of a unique building designed by an idiosyncratic architect.

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    The documentary is preceeded by a hlarious short film "Bombastic Rubbish" about the architect Frank Matcham, who designed more than 120 theatres in Britain. Frank Matcham? Never heard of him? After seeing this film you’ll want to visit his theatres. Oh, Frank Matcham, where have you been all this time?

    "Bombastic Rubbish", directors Daniel Nils Roberts, Titas Halder, GB 2017, 7 min. In English

    Courtesy of Angel Sharp Media Ltd.