Doors at 7:00 PM ... Screening at 7:30 PM
@ The Mini - 1329 Main St.
Marussia (2013, France/Russia). 82 minutes.
Presented by Michael Gott, UC Center for Film and Media Studies
Preceded by selected shorts.
Marussia recounts the story of a Russian woman and her young daughter, who are forced to navigate the streets of Paris after being thrown out of their temporary accommodation. While it offers insight into the life of a female migrant in the French capital, Marussia is known most for the way it avoids the common expectations of “migrant cinema.” Pervolovici employs magical realism to depict these contemporary migrants in a compelling fashion. Elements of fantasy combined with the protagonists’ stubborn and unrestrained optimism recall Louis Malle’s whimsical 1960 classic Zazie dans le metro. At the same time Marussia has been described by the director as an urban road movie and it offers a fascinating look at the streets of Paris where the story takes place and was filmed.
Eva Pervolovici is a talented young filmmaker from Romania who is based in Paris. Marussia is an overlooked gem that was not distributed in the US despite excellent reviews during a theatrical run in Paris and on the worldwide film festival circuit.
About the series:
The Center for Film and Meda Studies at UC promotes the interdisciplinary study of film and other screen media and sponsors a wide range of screenings and events with filmmakers and film scholars on and off campus. Our 2017-2018 series, UC Film Fest, brings recent films from global film festivals to the Mini. Beginning in Fall, the program will include series of compelling short and feature-length films organized around important issues such as migration and urban policy. Films are presented by UC faculty and guests and students participate in the planning and programming process through internships for course credit.