KHRUSTALYOV, MY CAR!

Aleksei German, Russia, 1998, Arrow Films, Arthouse

From the late visionary Russian filmmaker Aleksei German (HARD TO BE A GOD), a wildly provocative collision of nightmare and realism championed at Cannes ‘98 by none other than Jury president Martin Scorsese.

“Titled after the apocryphal expression attributed to Soviet security chief Beria in the process of rushing to Stalin’s deathbed, this astonishing, blackly funny and immersive film distills the anxiety in the Moscow air during January 1953, as the despot lay dying. Military surgeon Yuri (Yuriy Tsurilo) finds himself a target as the “Doctors’ Plot” -- an anti-Semitic conspiracy accusing Jewish doctors of planning to assassinate Soviet brass -- takes hold in the public imagination. Pursued, abused and marked for the gulags, Yuri’s dragged through a Stalinist Russia seen in all its snowbound surreality, his jolting journey encapsulating the madness of an era.” (Metrograph)

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  • 147 min.
  • B/W
  • 1.37:1

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  • DCP

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