Feast your eyes on reflections of 1970s Soviet Russia through material gathered by filmmaker Vivian Ostrovsky during a series of expeditions in and around Moscow with her Brazilian family - mixed with Soviet-era found footage. Ostrovsky's father discovered that both his brother and sister were still alive and living in the USSR – and they had not seen each other for 40 years. The personal and the historical mix beautifully in what is part travelogue and part a journey to relatives, relationships and a decent gulp of Vodka.
Directed by: Vivian OstrovskyProduced by: Vivian OstrovskyLanguages: English version, French version
“Vivian Ostrovsky, in her sprightly new film, NIKITA KINO, captures the slump-shouldered zeitgeist of the Khrushchev era. Ostrovsky’s family emigrated from Russia to the sunny climes of Rio de Janeiro to escape the anti-Semitism of the Stalin regime. But once her father found out that his siblings still remained in Moscow, they began annual visits to their homeland. Through a montage of family home movies, Soviet cinema, and government propaganda, Ostrovsky educes the buoyant spirit of the Soviet people in a way I haven’t seen since the last reel of ROCKY IV….”
Washington, CITY PAPER