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Calvert 22 hosts Russian experimental film pop-up

22 February 2017 · Russia
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Still from Formal Portrait, 2014, dir. Polina Kanis

From tomorrow Calvert 22 will play host to an exciting programme of radical new Russian cinema in partnership with the Moscow International Experimental Film Festival.

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Follow of the week: unexpected sides of St Petersburg by photographer Anton Vaganov

21 February 2017 · St Petersburg · Russia
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St Petersburg is known for its imperial grandeur and palaces lining the geometrical lines of perfectly parallel and perpendicular avenues. Local and visiting Instagram stars rarely pay homage to the city's suburbs and high rises — after all, they're not as vast and ubiquitous as those in Moscow and other Russian cities, where the cult of concrete is much more prominent.

Follow photographer Anton Vaganov for the unexpected angles of the city, for chaotic, ordered, romantic and gloomy photos of suburbs, and for snapshots of the city's everyday life: from church services and sporting competitions to car parks, humourous shots and random everyday beauty

There is also some occasional haunting reportage-style photography — outtakes from the photographer's daytime job as a photographer for local newspaper Delovoy Peterburg.

Croatian filmmakers launch campaign to free industry of government interference

21 February 2017 · Croatia
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Scene from Croatia’s entry for the 2017 Academy Awards On the Other Side, 2016, dir.  Zrinko Ogresta

An initiative by members of the Croatian Film Directors' Guild, the “Puk'o nam je film” (slang for “We've Had Enough”) campaign has seen over 100 Croatian actors, directors and others working in film come together to protest what they see as political interference in the Croatian film industry.

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Check out the first full-length music video from Tajik instagram star Manizha

21 February 2017 · Russia · Tajikistan
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  • (Manizha - Inogda / Manizha / Vimeo)

Dushanbe-born Moscow-based singer-songwriter Manizha has risen to fame for her innovative use of Instagram, posting short clips to create the world's first Instagram music album — now Manizha has surprised fans with her first “traditional” music video.

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Meet the Georgian ballet dancer tapping into the trend for wooden accessories

21 February 2017 · Georgia
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  • (Image: GK photography / Mister Two products / Facebook)

  • (Image: Mister Two products / Facebook)

  • Georgian flag-inspired bowtie (Image: Mister Two products / Facebook)

  • “Let the music play” bowtie (Image: Mister Two products / Facebook)

  • Pirate-inspired bowtie (Image: Mister Two products / Facebook)

David Chanishvili has a pretty intense job as a dancer for the Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet. Now he's turned his hand to craft and fashion, launching a line of handcrafted wooden bows and bowties.

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German postwar movie icon exposed as Soviet spy?

21 February 2017 · Hungary · Russia
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  • Marika Rokk in Hab mich lieb (Love me), 1942, dir. Harald Braun (Marika Rökk - Hab Mich Lieb! - 8 / marikarokk / YouTube)

After the declassification of top secret intelligence documents, it has been revealed that one of Germany's most popular film stars of the Nazi and postwar eras may have been a Soviet spy. Marika Rökk (d. 2004) starred in close to 40 films during her lifetime, but was reportedly passing secrets to Moscow from the 1940s.

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Nike Russia takes on gender stereotypes in sport

20 February 2017 · Russia
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Nike Russia has launched “Made of...”, a campaign that aims to shine a light on and dispel gender stereotypes in sport.

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Now you see it: Croatian Defence Ministry to get new camouflage building

20 February 2017 · Zagreb · Croatia
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(Image: Proarh)

The Croatian Ministry of Defence likes to keep a low profile. At least, that's what you might infer from its upcoming “camouflage” building.

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Preview: documentary film Eight explores relationships in modern Russia

20 February 2017 · St Petersburg · Russia
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  • (Eight (Vosem) – Movie clip / Marko Vuorinen / Vimeo)

The Calvert Journal is delighted to present an exclusive preview of Eight, a documentary film centring on the specificities of dating and relationships in St Petersburg.

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Andrejs Strokins on the extraordinary photo that went from local news to viral meme

20 February 2017 · Riga · Latvia
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  • The original image taken on 15 Jan 2007 by Andrejs Strokins/EPA

  • One of the many memes the image has inspired

  • One of the many memes the image has inspired

Latvian photographer Andreijs Strokins is interested in “everyday errors” — random and comical moments of failure, incongruity and irony — which he finds on streets corners and billboards and records on his phone. Yet, his most memorable “everyday error” to date is one that involved the photographer himself. 

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