Agony Agoniya

Director: Elem Klimov
USSR, 1974, 143’
16 September 21:00, Open-Air Cinema #1
19 September 19:00, Open-Air Cinema #1

Facing the Judgment of History Pered sudom istorii

Director: Fridrikh Ermler
USSR, 1965, 92’
Intended as communist propaganda, a dialogue between a Soviet historian and Vasily Shulgin, a key figure in the anti-communist White movement, ends up revealing the complexity behind Shulgin's ideals and the evolution of his thought. Now a frail old man, Shulgin comes to Saint Petersburg for the first time in 40 years and visits the main sites of the 1917 revolution. Illustrated by archive footage, his memories guide us through the First and Second World Wars, the February Revolution and Russian emigration. The historian seeks to challenge Shulgin into admitting to the Whites' wrongdoings and the failure of his ideas, but his template remarks are greeted by Shulgin's frank and critical reflections on the monarchist past and the communist future of Russia.
16 September 19:00, Open-Air Cinema #1
18 September 21:00, Open-Air Cinema #1

Lenin in October Lenin v oktyabre

Director: Mikhail Romm
USSR, 1937, 97’
The first sound feature film to portray Lenin deals with his early life. Lenin is shown to be the guiding genius of the Revolution. The plot describes the events of the October Revolution in 1917 and the role of Lenin in the organization of the uprising of the Bolsheviks. Lenin secretly arrived at the station in Petrograd. He organized a secret meeting of the Central Committee of the Bolshevik Party, which was preparing an uprising.
15 September 21:15, Open-Air Cinema #1
18 September 19:00, Open-Air Cinema #1

October: Ten Days That Shook the World Oktyabr

Director: Sergey Eisenstein
USSR, 1928, 115’
In documentary style, events in Petrograd are re-enacted from the end of the monarchy in February of 1917 to the end of the provisional government and the decrees of peace and of land in November of that year.
15 September 19:00, Open-Air Cinema #1
17 September 19:00, Open-Air Cinema #1

The Assassin of the Tsar Tsareubiytsa

Director: Karen Shakhnazarov
USSR, UK, 1991, 104’
A doctor in a modern lunatic asylum becomes fascinated with a patien who, although cured of his belief that he is the assassin of Tsar Nicholas II - seems to know more than he should about the murder. As they delve deeper into the past, both men take on roles which will surely again lead to murder.
17 September 21:15, Open-Air Cinema #1
19 September 21:30, Open-Air Cinema #1