A Room and a Half on the 9th - 15th July in London
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To celebrate the 70th years of the life of the Nobel prize winner Joseph Brodsky, on the 9th July there will be a Poetry Event and screening of A ROOM AND HALF by Andrey Khrzhanovskiy, at the Empire Leicester Square. The screening will be preceded by a conversation on Joseph Brodsky’s life and poems with film historian Ian Christie and Dr Elaine Feinstein, and poetry reading, in association with Angliya Newspaper and by Poet in the City.
"A Room and a Half", (the title is taken from a famous Brodsky essay), is Khrzhanovsky's tribute to the Poet he loved and admired. Khrzhanovsky's extraordinary film about Brodsky, mixing documentary with fictional footage and animation, it tells the story of a brilliant poet who loved Russia and, in particular, his St Petersburg home, and never forgot the parents who helped him survive during the German siege of the city.
In 1972, he was exiled from his native country and ended up in the United States. During his time in America, Brodsky tried desperately to get permission either to visit his parents in Russia or to get them a visa to visit him in America. But he never saw them again and died in New York in 1996.
In Khrzhanovsky's film, however, Brodsky travels triumphantly up the Neva River to his former “room and a half” home to share with them a love of homeland many Russian Jews might find difficult to believe. Khrzhanovsky has plenty of evidence of Brodsky's obsession with home and family, culled from his poems and essays, and his freeform film is itself rather like an essay about the man which locates the essence of his life and work in childhood memories. Essentially, Brodsky believed in the power of both poetry and literature to change society for the better. Clearly, Brodsky and Khrzhanovskiy are kindred souls — deadly serious but also playfully and sometimes mischievously non-conformist, like the film itself.
Main Cast: Alisa Freyndlikh, Sergei Yursky, Grigoriy Dityatkovskiy, Artem Smola, Evgeniy Ogandzhanyan.
9 - 15 July – Empire Cinemas
Doors open at 6 pm for 6.30 pm Poetry Event
Film screening starts at 7.15 pm
5 - 6 Leicester Square