University of Virginia Slavic Film Series Continues Oct. 27

October 15, 2010

October 14, 2010 — The Fall Slavic Film Series offered by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures in the University of Virginia's College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences continues with "Pociag" ("Night Train"), by Polish director Jerzy Kawalerowicz, "Stesti" ("Something Like Happiness") by Czech director Bohdan Slama and "Mongol" by Russian director Sergej Bodrov. The films have English subtitles.

The screenings, which are free and open to the public, begin at 7 p.m. at the Russian House, 102 Cresap Road, off Ivy Road near the Emmet Street intersection. Popcorn and soda are served.

"We tried to select films that would expose students to various stimulating facets of Slavic history, language and popular culture. Ideally, the films are especially useful for students currently enrolled in classes focusing on Russian and Eastern European life," graduate student Michael Marsh-Soloway, one of the program organizers, said.

The schedule:

Oct. 27
"Pociag" ("Night Train")
Poland, 1959; 99 min.
Directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz
A man, Jerzy, enters a train set for the Baltic coast. He seems to be on the run from something. He has to share a sleeping compartment with a woman who also seems to be on the run. Eventually we get to know that the police are looking for an escaped murderer.

Nov. 8
"Stesti" ("Something Like Happiness")
Czech Republic, 2005; 102 min.
Directed by Bohdan Slama
Monika, Tonik and Dasha grew up together in the same housing project on the outskirts of a small industrial city. Now the childhood friends are adults, each struggling with feelings of desire and loneliness, longing and failure. Though none would admit it, each craves something the other has and it's these unspoken longings that bind them in difficult, complex, passionate friendships. Vibrant and deeply affecting, "Something Like Happiness" is a funny, tender and very human drama of passions and lives half-understood and veering out of control, shadowed by tragedy, shot through with hope.

Dec. 1
Russia, 2007; 126 min.
Directed by Sergej Bodrov
The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan, who was a slave before going on to
conquer Russia in 1206.

For information contact Marsh-Soloway at or 203-980-6163.

— By Jane Ford