Director: Kira Muratova
Cast: Sergey Makovetskiy, Leonid Kushnir, Zhan Daniel
Russia, Ukraine, 1997, 105’, color
Russian with Turkish subtitles
Three Stories was Muratova's most successful release since The Asthenic Syndrome, and also her most controversial. It consists of three short films linked by the common theme of murder. Their titles, "Heating Basement No. 6," "Ofelia," and "Death and the Maiden," are tongue-in-cheek references to high-culture classics and signal Muratova's challenges both to Tarantino's Pulp Fiction and to the didactic traditions of Russian literature and film. She gives us four cold-blooded murders: a throat-slitting, a strangulation, a drowning, and a poisoning, aestheticizing the violence to remind the audience this is cinema. Muratova reserves moral judgment, telling her stories in the mode of black comedy, but Russian film critics were bewildered by Muratova's distanced authorial stance. The film's unpunished crimes may be the revenge of a filmmaker who, throughout her career, was censored and censured for far less grievous offenses. - Jane Taubman.
Pera Museum, in collaboration with Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), is one of the main venues for this year’s 15th Istanbul Biennial from 16 September to 12 November 2017. Through the biennial, we will be sharing detailed information about the artists and the artworks.
While Paula Rego belatedly was recognised as one of the leading feminist pioneers of her age, little has been written about her exploration of fluid sexuality. Indeed the current of sado-masochism in her drawings and paintings, has tended to encourage an understanding as a classic clash between the patriarchy and exploited women.
Among the most interesting themes in the oeuvre of Prassinos are cypresses, trees, and Turkish landscapes. The cypress woods in Üsküdar he saw every time he stepped out on the terrace of their house in İstanbul or the trees in Petits Champs must have been strong images of childhood for Prassinos.
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