The Sky Sparkles
In Praise of Chekhov

January 29 - February 27, 2016

Anton Chekhov (29 January 1860 – 15 July 1904), one of the greatest playwrights wrote his major works from 1894 until his death in 1904 - during cinema's first decade. He never wrote for the screen, though it is tempting to imagine what they may have looked like; his skill at charting subtle changes in relationships, emotions, memories and actions as well as the challenge and requirements of performing his works, such resources may have been a perfect fit for Chekhov's artistry. Pera Film in collaboration with Seagull Films is presenting The Sky Sparkles: In Praise of Chekhov, a program of films surveying Chekov’s accomplished works, through the lens of predominantly Soviet and Russian filmmakers. One of the watchwords of 19th century literature was the idea of "realism," an attempt to focus on the triumphs and tragedies of unremarkable, rather everyday people. Chekhov was very dedicated to promoting an idea of realism in his theatrical work, and to better serve his plays the Moscow Art Theater under Konstantin Stanislavsky, with whom his work was closely associated, developed a new approach to acting that later became known in the United States as "method acting." The program includes one of Russia's finest contemporary filmmakers Karen Shaknazarov’s provocative update of a Chekhov story, Ward No. 6 which was Russia’s official Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language film in 2009. Other highlights in the program are Andrei Konchalovsky's magnificent version of Uncle Vanya as well as his brother Nikita Mikhalkov's brilliant An Unfinished Piece for the Player Piano based partly on Chekhov's lesser-known play Platonov. Chekhov's Motifs, a free adaptation of Tatiana Repina, proves to be one of Kira Muratova's most innovative works. Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep inspired by Chekhov’s stories and also Louis Malle’s last film Vanya on 42nd Street accompanies the program. The Sky Sparkles journeys through the work of one of the most celebrated figures in the history of literature, Anton Chekhov whose craft today remains of great relevance.


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January 29

19:00 The Lady with the Dog

January 30

14:00 Uncle Vanya

February 6

14:00 An Unfinished Piece for the Player Piano

16:00 Ward # 6

February 7

14:00 Chekhov's Motifs

February 10

19:00 A Hunting Accident

February 12

20:00 Vanya on 42nd Street

February 13

14:00 A Hunting Accident

16:00 The Lady with the Dog

February 14

15:00 An Unfinished Piece for the Player Piano

February 19

20:00 Chekhov's Motifs

February 20

17:00 Uncle Vanya

19:00 Vanya on 42nd Street

February 26

20:00 Ward # 6

February 27

14:00 Winter Sleep

The Lady with the Dog

The Lady with the Dog

Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya

An Unfinished Piece for the Player Piano

An Unfinished Piece for the Player Piano

A Hunting Accident

A Hunting Accident

Vanya on 42nd Street

Vanya on 42nd Street

Chekhov's Motifs

Chekhov's Motifs

Ward # 6

Ward # 6

Winter Sleep

Winter Sleep

Program Trailer

The Sky Sparkles
In Praise of Chekhov

The Sky Sparkles: In Praise of Chekhov, journeys through the work of one of the most celebrated figures in the history of literature, Anton Chekhov whose craft today remains of great relevance.

The Big Country

The Big Country

When the Royal Academy of Arts offered Stephen Chambers the opportunity to produce new work for a focused exhibition in the Weston Rooms of the Main Galleries, Chambers turned to print and the possibilities it offered.

The Conventions of Identity

The Conventions of Identity

The exhibition “Look At Me! Portraits and Other Fictions from the ”la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection” examined portraiture, one of the oldest artistic genres, through a significant number of works of our times. Paintings, photographs, sculptures and videos shaped a labyrinth of gazes that invite spectators to reflect themselves in the social mirror of portraits.

Mosques in the 18th and 19th Century Paintings

Mosques in the 18th and 19th Century Paintings

In the works of western painters, we encounter mosques as the primary architectural elements that reflect the identity of the city of Istanbul. Often we can recognize the depicted landscape as Istanbul simply from the mosques.