Film Series Fall 2021

Amherst College Department of Russian presents

Fall 2021 Film Series

Thursdays at 4:30 and 8:00 PM 

Stirn Auditorium, Amherst College

All films with English subtitles!


September 23

Three Plus Two Три плюс два

dir. Genrikh Oganesyan 1963 100 min.

Three men vacation on a deserted Black Sea coast beach, trying to get away from women and society. However, two women arrive and try to claim the vacation spot as their own. The groups scheme to run each other off the beach.


October 14

Unbelievable Adventures of Italians in Russia
Невероятные приключения итальянцев в России

dir. Francesco Prosperi & Eldar Ryazanov 1974 104 min.

As she lies dying in an Italian hospital, an old woman reveals to her granddaughter that she hid a vast treasure before emigrating from Russia. Several people who find out about the treasure arrive in Leningrad hoping to find it. The story gets even more interesting when the Leningrad police sends an undercover agent to keep tabs on the competing treasure-hunters.


November 11

Piter FM Питер FM

dir. Oksana Bychkova 2006 84 min.

A young man with an architecture degree who works part-time as a street sweeper picks up a cell phone dropped by someone in a crowd and attempts to return it to its owner, a young woman working for a popular St. Petersburg radio station as a DJ. But each time they try to meet, their attempts are thwarted by fate.


December 2

It doesn’t Hurt Me • Мне не больно

dir. Alexey Balabanov 2006 100  min.

A vivacious young woman whose health is deteriorating due to leukemia meets two young men and begins to date one of them, without revealing her diagnosis to him.

Student Life • Fall 2019 Film Series

Thursdays at 4:30 and 7:30 PM • Keefe Campus Center Theater

September 19

Spring on Zarechnaia StreetВесна на Заречной улице (dir. Marlen Khutsiev 1956 96 min.)

A down-to-earth factory worker falls in love with a recent college graduate.
She also happens to be his new teacher at the night school where he is trying to complete
his secondary education. Is there a future for them?

October 10

Operation “Y" and Shurik’s Other Adventures
Операция «Ы» и другие приключения Шурика (dir. Leonid Gaidai 1965 90  min.)

This hit Soviet comedy, now a cult classic, is an anthology of three comic episodes from the life of a college student with a talent for getting into all kinds of trouble.

November 14

The Geographer Drank His Globe Away Географ глобус пропил (dir. Alexander Veledinsky 2013 120 min.)

To make ends meet, an unemployed biologist in the takes a job as geography teacher in a local secondary school and, as he battles a midlife crisis of his own, tries to find ways to connect to the teenagers whose lives are complicated in both usual and unusual ways.

December 5

The StudentУченик (dir. Kirill Serebrennikov 2016 118 min.)

А film that attracted controversy both because of its subject matter and its director, about a secondary-school student whose fundamentalist views lead to painful confrontations with the adults in his life and unforeseen tragic consequences.


Faster, higher, stronger: Spring 2020 Film Series



Amherst College Department of Russian presents

Spring 2020 Film Series

Faster, higher, stronger

Thursdays at 4:30 and 7:30 PM

Stirn Auditorium, Amherst College                                

February 13


dir. Oleg Trofim 2018 113 min.

In this musical romantic drama, a young figure skater gives up her career when she is hospitalized with an injury. After she meets a failed hockey player, he helps her to believe in herself again and proves that true feelings can pave the way to reaching a dream.

February 27

Legend №17Легенда №17

dir. Nikolai Lebedev 2013 134  min.

The film is based on real life events and tells a story of the Soviet hockey player Valeri Kharlamov’s career and the first match of the Summit Series between USSR and Canada in 1972.

March 12

Going VerticalДвижение вверх

dir. Anton Megerdichev 2017 133 min.

The film focuses on the controversial finale of the XX Olympic Summer Basketball Tournament between USSR and USA basketball teams.

April 2


dir. Aleksey German Jr. 2005 116 min.

St. Petersburg, 1914. Brothers Andrey and Nikolai are passionate about the soccer matches they play on the streets. They hatch a scheme to buy a playing field. But World War I has already begun and soon their lives and dreams will be shattered.

All films in Russian with English subtitles

Featured Book of the Month: How Are You Going to Save Yourself by JM Holmes '12

Bound together by shared experience but pulled apart by their changing fortunes, four young friends coming of age in the postindustrial enclave of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, struggle to liberate themselves from the legacies left to them as black men in America. With potent immediacy and bracing candor, this provocative debut follows a decade in the lives of Dub, Rolls, Rye, and Gio as they each grapple with the complexity of their family histories, the newfound power of sex and drugs, and the ferocity of their desires.
How Are You Going to Save Yourself illuminates in breathtaking detail an entire world–one that has been underrepresented in American fiction. At times funny, often uncomfortable, occasionally disturbing, these stories fearlessly engage with issues of race, sex, drugs, class, and family. Holmes's blistering and timely new voice, richly infused with the unmistakable rhythms of hip-hop that form the sound track to his characters' lives, delivers an indelible fiction that has never been more vital and necessary.

Ben Gilsdorf '21 Wins the Critical Language Scholarship

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Congratulations to Ben!

We are delighted to announce that Ben Gilsdorf ’21 has won the Critical Language Scholarship for immersive language study in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia this summer.

Amherst College Office of Fellowships announcement



Marks and Angles: An Immigrant Story

NYU Jordan Center for the Study of Russia

A contribution from first-year student Felix Stetsenko was recently selected to appear on the site of NYU's Jordan Center, a leading source on developments in Russian and East European Studies. Felix's essay is part of the Jordan Center's "Immigrant Stories" project, an effort to emphasize the invaluable role of immigrants, showcase their importance in higher education, bring into relief the cultural diversity of the Slavic Studies field and self-reflectively preserve in memory the rich history of students of Slavic and Eurasian cultures.