Far Rainbows one-day workshop

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Cosmonaut training centre, from Mechte navstrechu (1963)

A reminder from the organizers that the Far Rainbows one-day workshop on Russian and Eastern European science fiction cinema will take place at Wadham College, Oxford, this Friday 12 April. There will be a truly international line-up, including presenters from the USA, Germany, Estonia, and Sweden. Most but not all of the papers focus on adaptations for cinema of the Strugatskii brothers’ novels –  ranging from Tarkovskii’s paradigm-changing Stalker to niche classics such as the German-language production of Hard to be a God (Es ist nicht leicht ein Gott zu sein, 1990) and the

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The Centaurians lift off, from Mechte navstrechu

short film Mechte navstrechu (Towards the Dream, 1963) by Ukrainian writer and scenarist Oles’ Berdnyk. (Ecven the conference title is derived from a 1963 novella by the Strugatskiis, Dalekaia raduga (Far Rainbow), which has not yet been filmed – to my knowledge. Our keynote speaker Professor Yvonne Howell (Richmond), a world authority on the Strugatskiis, will give a talk on new interpretations of Stalker. Please contact the organisers at farrainbows@gmail.com for more information. See below for a full programme of events.

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Scene from the German production of Hard to be a God (1990)

FAR RAINBOWS: RUSSIAN AND SOVIET SCIENCE FICTION ON SCREEN
A film studies workshop focusing on the legacy of Arkadii and Boris Strugatskii
11-12 APRIL 2013, WADHAM COLLEGE, OXFORD
All workshop events except the film screening and lunch take place in the New Seminar Room, Wadham
PROGRAMME
11 April, 4pm

  • Screening (in Russian) of The Dead Mountaineer Hotel (Otel “U Pogibshego Al’pinista”), dir. Grigorii Kromanov, 1979 (Room 3 of the Taylorian Institute, Oxford)

12 April
 9am: Opening remarks
 9.15am-10.45am SOVIET ALTERITIES: RUSSIAN AND NON-RUSSIAN SCI-FI FILM (CHAIR: ANDREI ROGATCHEVSKI)

  •  Lars Kristensen (Skövde, Sweden), Russians in Space: Ideological Problems for Red Sci-fi Cinema
  •  Tom Rowley (Cambridge), Adapting Oles’ Berdnyk: Cold War Analogy in the Early 1960s
  •  Maria Engström (Dalarna, Sweden), The Scent of a Former Life: The Czech Adaptation of the Strugatskiis’ story Malysh

 10.45am: Coffee
 11.15am-12.45pm NOT ONLY “STALKER”: Adaptations of Other Strugatskiis’ Novels (CHAIR: YVONNE HOWELL)

  •  Sofya Khagi (Michigan), Genre Film, Spectacle, and the Strugatskii Brothers in Fyodor Bondarchuk’s Inhabited Island
  •  Matthias Schwartz (Freie Universität Berlin), Visualising the Imperial Gaze: On Peter Fleischmann’s Es ist nicht leicht ein Gott zu sein
  •  Andrei Rogatchevski (Glasgow), Obscuring the Message: A Billion Years before the End of the World vs Days of Eclipse

 1pm: Lunch in the Trapp Room, Wadham
 2pm-3.30pm: STUDYING “THE DEAD MOUNTAINEER HOTEL”: APPROACHES TO SCI-FI NARRATIVE (CHAIR AND DISCUSSANT: MUIREANN MAGUIRE)

  •  Henriette Cederlöf (Södertörn, Sweden): Soviet Noir: Kromanov’s Dead Mountaineer Hotel)
  •  Eva Näripea (Estonian Academy of Arts) : Queering Gender in Dead Mountaineer Hotel: Intertextual Considerations of the Novel and the Film)

 3.30pm: Coffee
 4pm: KEYNOTE SPEECH BY PROFESSOR YVONNE HOWELL (RICHMOND)
 What Are We Stalking? A Cognitive Approach to Tarkovskii’s Film Adaptation of the Strugatskiis’ Roadside Picnic
 5pm: General discussion and concluding remarks

The workshop organisers are Muireann Maguire and Andrei Rogatchevski. Please contact them with any queries at farrainbows@gmail.com

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