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Russian Film Symposium 2021: Many Faces of Russian Animation - Animated Shorts
This panel presents films by six contemporary Russian animators: Svetlana Andrianova, Nina Bisyarina, Liana Makaryan, Leonid Shmel’kov, Dina Velikovskaya, and Varia Yakovleva. They belong to different generations of animators and in their work, they use different styles and techniques. All of these techniques, however, including the weightless lines in Dina Velikovskaya's Ties, minimalistic drawings of Svetlana Andrianova’s Lucky Ticket and Once upon a Time There Was a House, schematic watercolors of Nina Bisyarina’s How Much Does the Cloud Weigh?, rustic cut-outs of Varia Yakovleva’s Anna, Cat-and-Mouse, and post-impressionistic Lola the Living Potato by Leonid Shmel’kov, celebrate the limitless potential of animation to create imagery. What also unites these different films is their exploration of relationships—at the focus of all of them is the topic of connectivity with others and with the world.

This screening will be available worldwide during the duration of the panel.

Curator and Host: Olga Blackledge, Assistant Professor

Department of Communications and Media Arts

Bethany College



Introducer: Laura Pontieri, Independent Scholar



Respondent: Michele Leigh, Assistant Professor

Department of Cinema and Photography

Southern Illinois University

May 14, 2021 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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