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BROTHER     1997
Directed by Aleksey Balabanov
99 minutes
In Russian with English subtitles

A darkly brooding and stunning movie, showing the journey of one boy in the underbelly of the new post-Soviet Russia. This film was a huge blockbuster hit when it came out in it’s home country, charting the rapid changes that were happening in the former East block. The main actor Sergei Brodov became the bad boy of Russian cinema for his stone-faced portrayal of Danila, a young Russian hoodlum brought into the crime world by his older brother Viktor.

Director Aleksey Balabonov wonderfully depicts the underworld of St. Petersburg, with its decayed city streets and the ruthless Mafia activities that had formed in the 90s. But besides all the crime and poverty we also see a culture which is being flooded with new music and consumerism. The picture this movie paints of St. Petersburg has a rich atmosphere to it… accented by its moody camerawork… embodying a wonderful Slavic quality that is absolutely distinct. And that means it has a totally different vision and approach than anything you will ever see in Hollywood.

It’s interesting that director Balabanov (Of Freaks and Men, Cargo 200) is clearly uneasy with his utterly immoral hero, but he is also deeply sympathetic to him… the boy is like an animal, instinctively making his way through an urban wilderness filled with rust and muck. Brat (Brother) is a fast-paced and emotionally charged window looking out into the impoverishment and angst of the Post-Soviet period.

“There’s more freshness and electricity in any five minutes of BROTHER than all of the Lethal Weapons films put together.”

Spuistraat 199
(not the small door to the houses upstairs but the large garage door to the left)
Doors open at 20.30, film starts at 21:00
Entrance: Free


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