Nevaland St Petersburg on Film
Nevaland: St Petersburg on Film

Nevaland: St Petersburg on Film

Russia’s pre-1917 capital, St Petersburg, has always housed a vigorous and individual tradition of film-making which has often been over-looked in comparison to Moscow. Our program, Nevaland, curated by renowned cultural and film historian, Professor Catriona Kelly, of Oxford University, will examine that tradition to celebrate the centenary of Soviet Russia’s first film The Tenants, the role of the city’s studio Lenfilm, and the century long legacy of Russia’s most imaginative city, St Petersburg, on film and vice versa. 

Moscow is traditionally seen as the centre of the commercial film industry in Russia, dominating press coverage and film festivals and swallowing the lion’s share of political patronage and state funding. However, it was Petrograd where the country’s first permanent studio was founded in 1914; it was Petrograd where the first ever Soviet film, The Tenants, was released in 1918; and it was also Petrograd, and later Leningrad, that acted as Russia’s art film capital, from the new avant-garde grouped around the Factory of the Eccentric Actor (FEKS, 1921-1926) to the subtle and accomplished neo-realism of the 1960s-1980s.

This cinematic tradition enriched and drew upon a remarkable artistic culture embracing, among many other elements, the poetry of Anna Akhmatova and Joseph Brodsky, the prose of Daniil Kharms and Mikhail Zoshchenko, the music of Shostakovich, the graphic art of Anna Ostroumova-Lebedeva, and the city’s pared-down, cerebral school of modern architecture, exemplified by Evgeny Levinson and Igor Fomin’s First Residential House of Lensovet (1931-1934).

Curated by renowned cultural and film historian, Professor Catriona Kelly of Oxford University, Nevaland will celebrate the centenary of Soviet Russia’s first film The Tenants in 2018 by developing a programme of events to analyse the identity of the city of St Petersburg on film and the impact of film on the city.

This programme is being developed in collaboration with Seanse magazine and Lenfilm.

The Eisenstein Project
The Eisenstein Project

The Eisenstein Project

Our Eisenstein Project continues in 2017 with the eagerly awaited publication of the coffee table book Eisenstein: Works on Paper in collaboration with Thames & Hudson as well as our landmark screening of Eisenstein’s October to mark the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution on October 26 2017 with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre…


The Eisenstein Project is a programme of screenings, artistic commissions, exhibitions, publications and academic research to re-examine Sergei Eisenstein through the lens of contemporary cultural and film practice.

The goal of the project is to re-animate this great filmmaker’s pioneering legacy by examining its impact through time and how his writings, art and film works communicate to audiences and filmmakers today.

The Eisenstein Project is made up of a series of prestigious collaborations Kino Klassika fosters between leading UK and Russian institutions including A Nos Amours, the Barbican Centre London, The Bakhrushin Museum Moscow, the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre, GRAD London, the London Symphony Orchestra, Pace Gallery, RGALI the Russian State Archive of Literature & Arts and Thames & Hudson publishers.

The research is under-pinned by the work of leading cultural theorists, Eisenstein scholars, gallerists and film practitioners including Ada Ackerman, Erika Balsom, Prof Oksana Bulgakova, Prof Ian Christie, Sophie Fiennes, Owen Hatherley, Igor Kadyrov, Margy Kinmouth, Naum Kleiman, Anna Kolesnikova, Maria Mileeva, Prof Laura Mulvey, Dr Natalia Murray, Prof Joan Neuberger, Sally Potter, Prof Antonio Somaini, Matthew Stephenson, Elena Sudakova and Justine Waddell as well as a new film commission by filmmaker Mark Cousins.


Unexpected Eisenstein

An exhibition of Eisenstein drawings from the RGALI and Bakhrushin Collections in collaboration with GRAD London examines Eisenstein’s relationship to and impact on English film and culture.

Details of Unexpected Eisenstein

Drawings include previously unseen sketches for Eisenstein’s unmade Ivan the Terrible Part 3 which imagines a relationship between England’s Queen Bess and Russian Ambassador Boris Nepaya.

A film: Eisenstein on Lawrence

Film maker Mark Cousins imagines a conversation between Eisenstein and English writer DH Lawrence. This playful film essay carries forward Mark’s dialogue with Eisenstein’s from his film ‘What is this film called love?’

Eisenstein’s Legacy: An Academic Conference

We host a two day academic conference at the Courtauld Institute with co-organisers GRAD London and Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre to present new international research on Eisenstein’s legacy.

Love, Lust and Laughter at Pace Gallery

We host an exhibition of rarely seen Eisenstein erotic drawings titled ‘Love, Lust and Laughter’ with Pace London and presented by Joan Neuberger to highlight this little studied aspect of Eisenstein’s creative process.

Eisenstein in Mexico

In collaboration with A Nos Amours we host for the first time ever consecutive screenings of versions of Eisenstein’s unfinished film Que Viva Mexico with a panel discussion with Owen Hatherley, Erika Balsom and Sophie Fiennes.

Alexander Nevsky

We invite famed contemporary composer and DJ Gabriel Prokofiev to introduce a rare sold out 35mm screening of Eisenstein and Prokofiev’s ground breaking venture into sound film, the historical epic Alexander Nevsky.

* The following dates are approximate and can be subject to change.

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