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The films of Andrey Zvyagintsev offer a vibrant document of Russia's post-Soviet condition.Zvyagintsev has been one of six prominent international filmmakers contributing to this year's edition of Qumra, the Doha Film Institute's film incubator for first- and second-time filmmakers.As one of six "masters," the Oscar-nominated director has participated in post-screening Q&As with the audience, conducted a public master class (moderated by NYU film scholar and veteran festival programmer Richard Pena) and offered advice to a number of film projects DFI's developing.During his interview with The Daily Star Tuesday, Zvyagintsev reflected upon where he places his work within the Russian film tradition – thus the extraordinary inheritance of Soviet cinema.To what extent, a young man asked, was this film inspired by the work of iconic Soviet-era auteur Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986), specifically his 1979 film "Stalker".Zvyagintsev's films occasionally include sequences that read like confrontations between Soviet and post-Soviet Russians.In a film festooned with corrosive exchanges that leave you thoroughly disliking Boris and Zhenya, this sequence is a master class in embittered, empathy-free miscommunication between two generations.
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