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NINE DAYS IN ONE YEAR
TUESDAY FEB 03, 06:30 PM
NINE DAYS IN ONE YEAR.
(Russian with English subtitles)
Soviet Union, 1962, 107 min, directed by Mikhail Romm.
During experiments at an institute for nuclear physics, a young scientist, Gusev, receives a dangerous dose of radiation. At his own risk, he decides to continue the experiments, which could lead to a ground-breaking discovery, but also to his death. The road of scientific prometheanism he has chosen to follow makes him a stranger in his own home and marriage. The existential challenge Gusev faces is compounded by an ethical dilemma of universal significance: what is the meaning of his sacrifice in a world that uses nuclear power for self-extermination?
The film won the Crystal Globe Award at the Karlovy Vary IFF and the Honorary Diploma at the San Francisco IFF in 1962 and was voted ‘Film of the year’ by the readers of ‘Soviet Screen’ magazine.
This film will be screened as part of the exhibition LENIN: ICEBREAKER REVISITED and was selected by curator Olga Kopenkina.
Mikhail Ilych Romm (1901- 1971) was a Soviet film director. Among his most acclaimed films are Lenin in October and Lenin in 1918 (1937-39), and The Russian Question (1948). In 1961 Romm released Nine Days in One Year, the film that became a revelation of the 'Thaw' generation.
Special thanks to the Russian Cinema Council.