July 9, 7:00 p.m.
Join Professor Alexandra Kostina for a discussion of the 2006 film by Pavel Lungin, available on e.g. Amazon Prime and YouTube. Comparable to any works by Tarkovsky and Bergman, this winner of 5 Nika Awards (Russian Oscars), including Best Film, arrests its viewers in deep spiritual ways. The film is a story of a guilt-laden Orthodox brother who is mourning a mistake, a crime a long time ago. Those who visit the monk believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons, and foresee the future. However, he considers himself unworthy because of a sin he committed in his youth. To our modern sensibility he seems obsessed with his sin, apparently “wasting” his life atoning for an ancient mistake. Is he obsessing too much? Is he wasting his life?