Kinopoeziya Project Presented at the V St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum

05 December 2016

On 2 December 2016, a poetry evening was held by the Kinopoeziya (Filmed Poetry) educational project at the St. Petersburg Ethnographic Museum with the support of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation. The event was held as part of the V St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum.

During the poetry evening, titled ‘Reflections,’ cinematic works of the Kinopoeziya project were presented, and works by the great Russian writers — Alexander Pushkin, Boris Pasternak, Anna Akhmatova, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Marina Tsvetaeva, and Sergei Yesenin — were read from the stage.

The poems were performed by actors of the Maly Drama Theatre — Theatre of Europe under the direction of Lev Dodin, including Yelizaveta Boyarskaya, Arthur Kozin, Lubov Konstantinova, Stanislav Nikolsky, Evgeny Sannikov, and Elena Solomonova.

Among the works shown during the evening, there were short films featuring the poems of Alexander Pushkin (“I loved you ...”, “On the hills of Georgia ...”), Boris Pasternak (“The Earth”), Vladimir Mayakovsky (“The violin — a little bit nervous”), Marina Tsvetaeva (“In the great city of mine...”), and Sergey Esenin (“Goodbye, my friend ...”).

Kinopoeziya was created in early 2016 by Anatoly Bely, an actor at the Moscow Art Theatre and an Honoured Artist of Russia. The aim of the project is to increase interest in poetry and to render its depth and wisdom among contemporary people by using modern tools and familiar visual content. Kinopoeziya makes short films based on the poems of Russian classical literature and invites famous actors and musicians to participate in the filming.

“Kinopoeziya was created as an educational and enlightening project. We plan to organise a Kinopoeziya festival and to successively insist that a new genre is introduced in the education system: let the current generation, which is not fond of reading and prefers watching videos, learn poetry with the help of films,” said Anatoly Bely when commenting about the activities of the project.

Kinopoeziya is currently creating short films based on the works of Marina Tsvetaeva (“An Attempt at Jealousy”, directed by Valeria Gai Germanica), Fyodor Swarovsky, and other Russian poets.

The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation is a partner of the Kinopoeziya project.

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