Soviet History through Soviet Film Series (XI): Prisoner of the Mountains
CEES film screening and discussion. Discussant: Michael Heim, UCLA, Slavic Languages and Literatures.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
11348 Young Research Library
Prisoner of the Mountains (1996)
Dir. Sergei Bodrov
Russian with English subtitles
Set high in the imposing Caucasus Mountains, where the 20th century meets ancient lifestyles, Sergei Bodrov's drama of the Chechen war finds two cultures locked in conflict. Young Russian soldier Vanya and his jaded commander Sasha survive an ambush by Chechen guerrillas and are taken hostage by a war-weary village elder who has lost almost everything to war and wants merely to trade them for his POW son. Bodrov approaches the story with empathy and harsh realism--he takes no sides and offers no fantasies of happy endings, instead providing images of kindness that refuse to be swallowed up in the destruction and mistrust of conflict.
Michael Heim is Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. He translates contemporary and classical fiction and drama from the Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Romanian, Russian, and Serbian/Croatian. He has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and translation prizes and has served on translation juries for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the PEN American Center, and the Goethe-Institut and was a Guggenheim Fellow. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His teaching interests include translation theory and practice, Central European Literature, and Russian literature and culture.
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Sponsor(s): Center for European and Eurasian Studies, UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library, Slavic Languages and Literatures