As part of its first annual Russian Arts Festival, the Russian Cultural Arts Exchange is presenting eight recent Russian features subtitled in English Monday through Thursday, October 28 through 31, at the Fine Arts, 418 S. Michigan, and at Pipers Alley, Wells at North. All the directors will be present to introduce their films. Tickets are $7, $12 for two films, and $45 for the whole series. For more information call 847-831-0660 or 1-800-923-6016.


The Hunting Party: Russian Style

A comedy directed by Alexander Rogozhkin about a Finnish anthropology student who joins a Russian hunting party and imagines what this experience would have been like in the 19th century. (Fine Arts, 6:00)

Russian Ragtime

A melodrama directed by Sergei Ursuliak about a Soviet man who dreams of escaping communism and living in America. (Fine Arts, 8:30)


The Summer People

Sergei Ursuliak (Russian Ragtime) directs an adaptation of a play by Maxim Gorky about friends at a summer retreat and the strangers they meet. (Fine Arts, 6:00)

Return of the Battleship

A tragicomic film set in Odessa in the 1920s about a filmmaker who meets Sergei Eisenstein, presumably during the making of Potemkin; Gennady Poloka directed. (Fine Arts, 8:30)


I Can’t Hold My Horses

A young lawyer and a wealthy businessman’s wife flee to a seaside resort in a romantic adventure directed by Vladimir Motyl. (Pipers Alley, 6:00)

The Aristocratic Peasant

A young girl tries to gain the attention of a neighbor by getting a friend to deceive the neighbor’s father in this film about young love by Alexei Sakharov. (Pipers Alley, 8:30)


The Muslim

Vladimir Khotinenko directs this story of a young man returning to his native village after seven years’ captivity in Afghanistan. (Pipers Alley, 6:00)

The President and His Woman

An ironic melodrama about a Russian presidential candidate who hires his ex-wife to run his campaign, thereby hiding a scandalous affair from the public; the director is Elena Raiskaia. (Pipers Alley, 8:30)

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Phot still from “Return of the Battleship”.