Klassiki Journal

You can enjoy interviews, videos and essays from guest filmmakers, critics and the team here. We’ll share insights into favourite films and help you mine the gold that is Klassiki.

Narratives of defiance: how filmmakers are challenging Kazakhstan’s political regime

Brief encounters: Otar Iosseliani and the subversive art of the short film

Tarkovsky in exile: how the Soviet Union’s foremost auteur lost his homeland

Eccentrism at 100: celebrating the forgotten mavericks of the Soviet avant-garde

Life during wartime: two years on, how is Ukrainian cinema responding to invasion?

Stories of genocide: how filmmakers have commemorated Armenia’s national tragedy

All in the family: for Bulgarian filmmakers, international success lies close to home

Repentance: the extraordinary inside story of Tengiz Abuladze’s swansong masterpiece

Hakob Hovnatanyan: the radical sound and vision of Parajanov’s miniature masterpiece

Narratives of reflection: how Ukrainian cinema revives and reinterprets the 1990s

Soviet redux: personal and political collide in two recreations of the Stalinist past

Invisible republic: capturing Artsakh on film, from frozen conflict to mass emigration

“The interesting stories are yet to come”: how Kosovo’s female directors went global

The poetry of insubordination: on Tengiz Abuladze’s “trilogy of truth”

Intuitive information: composer Juliet Merchant on scoring Soviet silent films

A well for the thirsty: folklore and decolonisation on the Ukrainian screen

Road to nowhere: Sergei Loznitsa and Russia’s wartime ghosts

Faith in images: the post-war visions of Miklós Jancsó and István Szőts

Fractured love stories: Farewells and the surreal film career of Wojciech Has

Falling through rugs: Jirtdan and the rediscovery of Azerbaijani animation

Persian poetry: the rise and fall of Tajikistan’s post-Soviet film culture

A film archivist takes us inside the battle to save Ukraine’s Dovzhenko Centre

“The noise grows loud”: how Juris Podnieks captured Latvia’s perestroika generation

The Politics of Watching: documentary visions of the Ukrainian East

Landscapes of Collective Fate: the political resonances of nature in Armenian cinema

Armenia’s Hemingway: the literary gifts and cinematic legacy of Hrant Matevosyan

Time’s Tricks: fantasy and reality in Kirill Serebrennikov’s Petrov’s Flu

How Soviet audiences fell in love with Sherlock Holmes

Lev Kuleshov: the man who taught Soviet film to change the world

Sakha Film: the history of a post-Soviet cultural phenomenon

Ali Khamraev and the idea of the Soviet auteur

Dziga Vertov and the foundations of Soviet documentary

I’m Familiar with These Places: on the poetry of Frunze Dovlatyan’s Hello, It’s Me!

Aleksei German’s War: how an auteur changed Soviet war cinema from within

Exploring Soviet space on film

Getting to the point: negotiating Rachid Nougmanov’s The Needle