Watching






WATCHING

The play of light and shadows, penetration into the viewers’ conscience planned by the schedule of shows of a movie theater… Having passed the evolution path from flammable nitrocellulose film to non-combustible monitor pixels, the cinema has not stopped burning the flame of passion in the hearts and minds of the viewers.


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    Heavy Metal in North Korea

    [Russia | Novosibirsk]In early October, a festival of documentary films about music and the new culture Beet Weekend swept over 15 Russian cities. ‘Liberation Day‘, a documentary about a concert of the Slovenian metal group Laibach in Pyongyang, became one of the eye-openers of this festival. The film director, Norwegian Morten Traavik, came to Novosibirsk to present his film to the local public, and Converter asked Maxim Seleznev, a programme director of Pobeda center for culture and leisure, to talk to Morten about how totally different cultures can co-exist and interact.More ...

    Three weekend movies

    [Russia | Novosibirsk]Converter supports Beat Weekend with great pleasure. On request of the editorial team the program director of “Pobeda” Maksim Selesnev presents exclusively for Converter three movies out of the program.More ...

    Gámer

    [Ukraine | Kyiv] It seems like a century has passed since a tall and firm wall has been erected at the place which used to have no borders, composed of different 'no's: non-agreement, non-acceptance, non-understanding. The task of art is to help people think over and realize the ontogenesis of what has happened. A documentary film maker, Oleksiy Radynski, speaks about the films shot by his colleagues which he thinks are a must-see, in simple words and in a format that is close to a manifesto. More ...

    Cinema as art [18+]

    [Belarus | Minsk] In his choice of films for Converter, Sergey Shabohin from Minsk speaks about the cinema from the point of view of art and esthetics. Sombre post-punk, film noir, grotesque – the films from this list will be an excellent choice for those who have decided to cross the border between mass production and arthouse films.More ...

    Berlin, I 🎥 Ü

    [Germany | Berlin] Films about Berlin: the scriptwriters tell about their favorite films about Berlin with Berlin in the lead. More ...

    Number one: Nathan Sliver

    [Russia | Novosibirsk] Here is a short count of three modern film directors, not very popular at this point for their names to be immediately recalled in our memory. Yet, they have already shot several films so ingenuous that they make me wish to see the release of their next works. More than that: I wish to express absolute conviction that the future of the cinema is connected with their names.More ...

    Number two: Nikita Lavretski

    [Russia | Novosibirsk] Here is a short count of three modern film directors, not very popular at this point for their names to be immediately recalled in our memory. Yet, they have already shot several films so ingenuous that they make me wish to see the release of their next works. More than that: I wish to express absolute conviction that the future of the cinema is connected with their names.More ...

    Number three: Tan Chui Mui

    [Russia | Novosibirsk] Here is a short count of three modern film directors, not very popular at this point for their names to be immediately recalled in our memory. Yet, they have already shot several films so ingenuous that they make me wish to see the release of their next works. More than that: I wish to express absolute conviction that the future of the cinema is connected with their names.More ...

    The old man and the wolves

    [Kazakhstan | Almaty] The character of a wolf as a mythological hero occupies a special place in the culture of Turk peoples. According to the cinema critic from Almaty Baubek Nogerbek, this character is becoming a source of inspiration for the artists of Kazakhstan more and more often, and cinema is no exception here. Nogerbek speaks about the film Shal shot by the Kazakh film director Ermek Tursunov, in which the hero of the Turk myths reveals his personality that is similar to the hero of Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea”.More ...

     

    ZEITGEIST

    Time

    Thoughts about one of the most paradox resources we have

    Metamorphosis

    Observations about the stream of time
    CONSUMPTION

    To have and to be

    About consumption, people and money

    Money

    About the universal measure of happiness
    BORDERS

    BORDERLAND

    The subtle balance of borderline states

    DIS-STANCE

    Photo reports about the borders, both tangible and mental
    INSPIRATION

    SEROTONIN

    About the inspiration and the sleep of reason

    WATCHING

    About films: what to see and how to see
    SPECIALS

    BERLINALE-SPECIAL

    Inspired by the festive atmosphere of the gathering, Converter has prepared a special rubric for you, dedicated to the cinema, the festival, and Berlin

    DREAMS FROM ST. PETERSBURG

    The photoproject "Dreams from St. Petersburg" tries to give an idea of what are the hopes and fears of of young people in this unique city