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Beat Weekend at Yasnaya Polyana

November 10-11, 2018
Yasnaya Polyana Cultural Center

For two days, the Yasnaya Polyana Cultural Center will turn into a venue of the International Beat Film Festival. Our guests will see four documentary films about modern culture and art. There will also be a meeting with the festival’s founder, Kirill Sorokin, and journalist Yuri Saprykin who will try to answer the questions raised by the directors of the films.

November 10, 2018 (Saturday)

14:00 -- Depeche Mode: 101D.A. Pennebaker / 1989, Great Britain, USA, 117 minutes


A legendary film by the iconic director who filmed landmark concerts of Bob Dylan, Alice Cooper, and David Bowie. Pennebaker refused to flatteringly film the group and spin artistic tales, in order to show the musicians as they are. Two worlds – music as a costly profession and a concert as a gathering -- are compared in the film in order to unite the group and its fans; the music and the crowd; and the legendary quartet and the roaring stadiums.

16:00 – Why People Need Concerts. Yuri Saprykin and Kirill Sorokin

It is becoming more convenient to listen to music – you don‘t need discs, cassetes, or even wires anymore. Yet people still go to concerts, and moreover, they travel all over the world to do so, and the concert industry is now flourishing as never before. Concerts and festivals: what are they like today, how is their format changing, why do they remain interesting, and what is special about them in Russia? The journalist Yuri Saprykin will talk about it with the ideologist and founder of the Beat Festival, Kirill Sorokin.

17:00 – Word Is Bond. Sacha Jenkins / 2018, USA, 87 minutes

The film examines modern rap music and its performers. The director, Sasha Jenkins, who is referred to as the father of rap-journalism, systematically studies the culture of Southern Bronx where modern rap was born. How did a marginal genre turn into a mainstream one within a few decades? Men and women, veterans of the rap stages and beginners, speak frankly about the genre, its origins, and its potential future.

November 11, 2018 (Sunday)

14:00 – Social Animals. Jonathan Green / 2018, USA, 86 minutes

Stories of the Instagram-growing-up of three kids: a daredevil photographer from New York, a girl blogger, and a schoolgirl from Ohio who went through all the circle of school-age hell in Instagram. Their stories are scary and charming at the same time. In Instagram, they fall in love and find their best friends, become famous and are subjected to persecution that can ruin their real life.  

15:30 – What Social Networks Do with Us. Yuri Saprykin

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Vkontakte are like the sun, air and water in 2018: they have become our natural habitat. This environment has its own laws: social networks influence the way we communicate and get acquainted, they change our habits, and sometimes even rule our thoughts. Using the characters of the film “Social Animals” as an example, we can see how technologies change people. Together with Yuri Saprykin, we’ll discuss what people can do about it.


17:00 – Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Sara Driver / 2017, USA, 78 minutes

The film explores the pre-fame years of the celebrated American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, directed by Sara Driver, Jim Jarmusch’s wife and muse. Rich in archival footage and interviews, the film compellingly demonstrates the environment in which the artist worked. To draw and change one’s reality, to make art for oneself and for one’s neighbours, to burn with enthusiasm and wholeheartedly to believe that one will be realized – the film tells about the unique context that made Basquiat a hero of the century.

Admission to the screenings is by tickets. Cost of a ticket for one film is 300 rubles. Cost of a ticket for two films on one day is 500 rubles. Admission to the discussions will be free.

Tickets can be purchased:

at the Yasnaya Polyana Gallery (Tula, Oktyabrskaya St., 12), +7 4872 473580;

at the Yasnaya Polyana Cultural Center (Yasnaya Polyana Village, 142А), +7 48751 76396;

and online (commission included in the cost):

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