The Emerging Russian Identity as Expressed through Russian Art House Cinema.
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union filmmakers from Russia have been forced to reconcile their problematic history with the ambiguity of the future. Andrey Zvyagintsev's The Return (2003) and Alexei Popogrebski's How I Ended This Summer (2010) are Russian films that focus on the cultural dialectic between the Soviet past and the emerging post-communist identity in contemporary Russian culture. My analysis will reveal the current Russian zeitgeist’s interaction with its past by focusing on the symbolic importance of ‘the father’ in a patriarchal society and state paternalism.
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