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.

Painting the past: Hugh Welchman on animating Polish history in The Peasants

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Sakha film trailblazer Dmitry Davydov looks back on his breakout The Bonfire

Sybilla Tuxen on Silent Sun of Russia, her portrait of dissident community under Putin

Interview

Lithuania’s Austėja Urbaitė on her enigmatic adoption drama Remember to Blink

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Bread and Salt: Damian Kocur’s portrait of small-town Poland at war with itself

Interview

“A film that watches you”: Hungary’s Ádám Császi on the politics of Roma representation

In search of Ruritania: silent cinema, the Western gaze, and a fantasy Balkan kingdom

Interview

What We Shared: bringing the bitter history of Abkhazia to the screen with Kamila Kuc

Teona Strugar Mitevska bares all in her Covid allegory 21 Days Until the End of the World

Interview

Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov’s Brother and the search for modern Tajik cinema

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Šimon Holý on And Then There Was Love…, his improvised take on modern heartbreak

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Ukraine’s Freefilmers on anti-capitalism, resistance, and “decolonial cinema”

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Kung fu gospel: Estonian eccentric Rainer Sarnet returns with The Invisible Fight

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“Our own national tragedy”: Andrei Kutsila on the crisis for independent Belarusian film

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Underground fairy tales: Kote Kalandadze explores Tbilisi’s dark side in The Drummer

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“Moments of paradise”: Sergei Dvortsevoy’s stories from the post-Soviet fringe

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Native Edition: reflections on indigenous cinema in the post-Soviet space

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Kyrgyzstan’s Aktan Arym Kubat confronts home truths in This Is What I Remember

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Where next for “post-Soviet” film? goEast Festival curators on working through war

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Mstyslav Chernov discusses filmmaking under fire for his 20 Days in Mariupol

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Goran Stolevski delves into his Balkan folk-horror hybrid You Won’t Be Alone

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Shengelaia at 90: personal reflections on a Georgian film icon

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“Still the second sex”: A Room of My Own and female intimacy in today’s Georgia

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Laila Pakalniņa on the making of Dawn, her fever dream of Soviet film history

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Lana Gogoberidze on women’s cinema and her trailblazing career

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Nora Martirosyan and Garegin Papoyan on filming the ironies of Stepanakert airport

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Julia Blue’s Roxy Toporowych on wartime romance and the Ukrainian diaspora

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Actor Yura Borisov on working with Kirill Serebrennikov and Covid-era shoots

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Sakha’s amateur film stars Zoya Popova and Stepan Petrov in their own words

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Actor Maks Sukhanov on his career as Russia’s cinematic tough guy

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Sergei Livnev on the wild 90s and returning to directing after 25 years

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“Antonioni told me to sleep less”: Uzbek maestro Ali Khamraev on his unlikely career

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Assel Aushakimova on queer filmmaking and the search for tradition in Kazakhstan

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The Bull’s Boris Akopov on switching ballet for film and 90s nostalgia

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Saodat Ismailova on her film 40 Days and Central Asian cinema traditions

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Angelina Nikonova on her film Twilight Portrait and life between Russia and America

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No solemn monolith: Aleksandr Lungin on his debut film, Great Poetry