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Sergey Astakhov

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    BROTHER

    Aleksey Balabanov Russia, 1997

    The film that made enfant terrible Aleksey Balabanov’s name, Brother was a domestic smash hit. Almost single-handedly igniting the notion of a homegrown genre cinema, this morally ambiguous gangster movie with a killer soundtrack embodies the mercenary dog-eat-dog spirit of Russia’s “Wild Nineties.”

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    BROTHER 2

    Aleksey Balabanov Russia, 2000

    Capturing the head-on collision of Russian and American values at the start of a new century, this superlative sequel wryly tackles questions of personal agency and bravado. Interrogating stereotype with Aleksey Balabanov’s savage wit, Brother 2 subversively needles the notion of national identity.

    OF FREAKS AND MEN

    Aleksey Balabanov Russia, 1998

    Of Freaks and Men gleefully drags any high-minded notion of Russian cinema back to the gutter from whence it came. An early-cinema pastiche luridly steeped in pornography and madness, this fabulously dark, Dostoyevskian comedy cemented Aleksey Balabanov’s subversive reputation for cultural mischief.

    IT DOESN'T HURT ME

    Aleksey Balabanov Russia, 2006

    Having surveyed the socioeconomic terrain of the “Wild Nineties” with his two Brother films, Aleksey Balabanov returns to St Petersburg during a period of relative stability. A touching entrepreneurial comedy, It Doesn’t Hurt Me finds a nation embracing the possibilities of capitalist enterprise.

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