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VAGRICH AND THE BLACK SQUARE

The film is in tribute to Vagrich Bakhchanyan – painter, poet and conceptualist. Andrei Zagdansky, the film director, combines documentary with animation, performances and art installations. Those cinematic experiments are an allegory of Bakhchanyan himself, a known surrealist and avant-garde artist.

Sunday, 10.04.2016/ 19:00
New Horizons Art House Cinema, 19a-21 Kazimierza Wielkiego St., Wroclaw
Enter is free

U.S. / UA, 2015, 81min
Directed by Andrei Zagdansky
Screenplay by Andrei Zagdansky
Camera operators: Vladimir Guevsky, Andrei Zagdansky
Producers: Olga Beskhmelnitsyna, Gennady Kofman, Andrei Zagdansky
Production: AZ Films LLC & MaGiKaFilm

The feature documentary is about Vagrich Bakhchanyan, born in 1938 in the city of Kharkiv. Painter, artist and writer-conceptualist of Armenian origin. He possessed a keen sensitivity to the absurdities of the Soviet regime. One of the most brilliant artists-emigrants to the U.S. ‘Funny, poignant, smart, sometimes metaphysical’. The film uses artist’s pictures, aphorisms and collages, demonstrating his surreal world. And there is one mystery in this world, the mystery of the black square. The film applies Bahchanyan’s friends and relatives comic and sad stories from his life. The life of a Soviet artist with non-Soviet soul. The conceptualist, who was one of the first representatives of Kharkiv constructivism and avant-garde art; the free man who, despite the possibility of adaptation in exile, remained true to himself.

Andrei Zagdansky, Ukrainian independent documentary filmmaker and producer. Born in 1956, Kyiv. Graduated from the National University of theatre, cinema and television of Karpenko-Kary. He worked as a film director for the Kyivnaukfilm, studio for non-fiction films, and at the Chetver/Thursday film studio. His Interpretation of Dreams debut film was highly appreciated in Ukraine and abroad.
Lives and works in the United States (since 1992). Recognised to be very interesting and controversial artist.

Filmography as a director/producer:
2015: Vagrich and the Black Square
2013: Trottoirs de Paris
2010: My Father Evgeni
2007: Orange Winter
2006: Konstantin and Mouse
2002: Vasya
2001: Six Days
1992: Two
1990: Interpretation of Dream
1988: Registration



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