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22 September

From the Lives of Planets. A musical homage to the unfilmed motion pictures of the 1960s

A new cinema was born — the Soviet “New Wave” — with one breakthrough followed by another. Russian films started gaining international recognition at the Cannes and Venice film festivals. But all of a sudden, freedom turned into repression putting an end to the golden age of Russian cinema. At the Mosfilm studio alone, twelve film projects were cancelled in the autumn of 1963. By the end of 1968, after the Soviet suppression of the Prague Spring, the “New Wave” had become a sprawling graveyard of films that were never made.

From the Life of Planets is a musical tribute to those unfilmed motion pictures and to the era as a whole. Oleg Nesterov, the author of the project, explains: “We took four films that were never made and wrote music for them. More specifically, we wrote music in which you can envisage these films and imagine what they would have been like.”

Ahead of the musical performance 'From the Lives of Planets’, Oleg Nesterov, composer and author of the project, will share the story of its creation and talk of the historical absence that ‘From the Lives of Planets’ means to fill. Musician, arts producer and the leader of the band The Real Tuesday Weld Stephen Coates will join Oleg Nesterov in conversation:

22 September 2018
London, Under the Bridge