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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

Intuitive information: composer Juliet Merchant on scoring Soviet silent films

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

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

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

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

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Falling through rugs: Jirtdan and the rediscovery of Azerbaijani animation

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

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

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

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The Politics of Watching: documentary visions of the Ukrainian East

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

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

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

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How Soviet audiences fell in love with Sherlock Holmes

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

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

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Ali Khamraev and the idea of the Soviet auteur

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Dziga Vertov and the foundations of Soviet documentary

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

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

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Exploring Soviet space on film

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