Monthly Screenings

Filmmakers Behind Bars – Russia

Marking the International Human Rights Day, the Israeli cinematheques will screen two films related to the brutal steps taken by Russian authorities to restrict freedom of speech and to threaten filmmakers in particular.

The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov

Dir.: Askold Kurov
| 75 minutes

August 2015, a courtroom in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. A man appears behind bars. His eyes reveal his nerves. Today is his judgment day. Today it will be decided if he will be sentenced to 20 years in jail for terrorism. He is Oleg Sentosov, a Ukrainian filmmaker and activist

The Student

Dir.: Kirill Serebrennikov
| 118 minutes

When a student in a Russian high school discovers the Holy Scriptures, the whole school and his family are deeply rattled. The Student is a brilliant allegory about Russia today, but mostly The Student is a tour-de-force of filmmaking.