Monanieba Pokayanie. 1984 (released 1987). USSR. Directed by Tengiz Abuladze. In Georgian; English subtitles. 153 min.
Screenplay by Abuladze, Rezo Kveselava, Nana Janelidze. With Avtandil Makharadze, Iji Ninidze, Merab Ninidze, Zeinab Botsvadze. In the Soviet Union, Repentance was as much an event as a film, one of the most important censored films to be rescued from the shelf with the new cultural liberalization, and the first to deal with the terrors of the Stalin era. This it does in an oblique but unmistakable way typical of Abuladze, whose art is one of symbolism and surrealism. The central character is a parody of a dictator, with attributes of Stalin, Hitler, and Mussolini. Abuladze's allegorical parable is at once specific to the memory of actual historical horrors, and more generally a Kafkaesque reflection of the collective memory of tyranny.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014,6:00 p.m.The Museum of Modern Art, Theater 2
Saturday, October 11, 2014,6:00 p.m.The Museum of Modern Art, Theater 2