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

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 First Nudes

The First Nudes

Men were the first nudes in Turkish painting. The majority of these paintings were academic studies executed in oil paint; they were part of the education of artists that had finally attained the opportunity to work from the live model. The gender of the models constituted an obstacle in the way of characterizing these paintings as ‘nudes’. 

Bosphorus at the Orientalist Paintings

Bosphorus at the Orientalist Paintings

The Bosphorus, which divides the city from north to south, separates two continents, renders Istanbul distinct for western painters, offers the most picturesque spectacles for western artists.

Giacometti: Early Works

Giacometti: Early Works

Organized in collaboration with the Giacometti Foundation, Paris, the exhibition explores Giacometti’s prolific life, most of which the artist led in his studio in Montparnasse, through the works of his early period as well his late work, including one unfinished piece. Devoted to Giacometti’s early works, the first part of the exhibition demonstrates the influence of Giovanni Giacometti, the father of the artist and a Swiss Post-Impressionist painter himself, on Giacometti’s output during these years and his role in his son’s development.