Kino Klassika celebrates the publication of a new French-language study of Dziga Vertov with a day of talks, lectures and screenings in Paris.
François Albera is a film historian, cinema critic and professor of film history and aesthetics at the University of Lausanne, where he founded the Film department. He has published numerous books and articles, notably on avant-garde and Soviet cinema (1920-1930), including Eisenstein et le Constructivisme russe, and in 2005 he received the Literary Award from the Union of Film Critics for L’Avant-garde au cinéma.
Oksana Bulgakowa is a professor of film history and film analysis at the University of Mainz. At the centre of Bulgakowa’s work is the life and work of Sergei Eisenstein. She has written and edited books on the director and theoretician, also exploring specific aspects of Russian-Soviet film history. She also acted as curator of several exhibitions, including “Moscow – Berlin, Berlin – Moscow” and “Sergei Eisenstein: The Mexican Drawings”.
Maria is a Senior Lecturer in Media & Communications at the University of Greenwich. Before that she taught Cultural Theory at Richmond, and European Cinema at the University of Oxford, where she also completed a Doctorate on Representations of Space in Russian Cinema of 1910s and 1920s. Maria is an independent film critic, with articles featuring in the BBC World Service, Calvert Journal, Forbes and Times Literary Supplement.
Historian of Russian and Soviet cinema, Valérie Pozner has been the president of the French Association for Research on the History of Cinema since 2011. Curator of the exhibition “Filming the war: the Soviets facing the Shoah”, she is also the director of research at the CNRS and the coordinator of CINESOV.
Andrey Smirnov is an interdisciplinary artist, independent curator, collector and author of numerous publications including Sound in Z. Experiments in Sound and Electronic Music in Early 20th-century Russia. He is founding director of the Theremin Center in Moscow, researcher and lecturer at the Centre for Electroacoustic Music at Moscow State Conservatory and at the Rodchenko School for Modern Photography and Multimedia. Since 1976, he has been researching the development of electronic music techniques and gestural interfaces.
Antonio Somaini is Professor in Film, Media, and Visual Culture Theory at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3. Amonst his publications, the book Ejzenštejn. Il cinema, le arti, il montaggio (Turin: Einaudi, 2011; English translation Eisenstein. Cinema, Art History, Montage forthcoming with The Illinois University Press) and, together with Naum Kleiman, the English edition of Eisenstein’s Notes for a General History of Cinema. He has edited works by Benjamin, Moholy-Nagy, and Vertov, and anthologies on media and visual culture theory, both in Italian and French.