18–22.10 2017
Program Poster Editorial Jury

Yevgeny Yufit and the necrorealism

In the presence of Masha Godovannaya

In the early eighties, Yevgeny Yufit started filming and directing in Leningrad ‘performances’ in public spaces, and so a new genre in the history of cinema was born, as a branch of Soviet Parallel Cinema: necrorealism. Inspired by images in the Atlas of Legal Medicine by Eduard von Hoffman, Mack Sennett’s slapstick style of the 1910s, the shock aesthetics of the French avant-garde, as well as silent films from the beginning of the 20th century and the unrestrained eccentricity of the Soviet cinema of the 1920s, Yufit's first shorts show absurd and morbid events with a preoccupation of all things related to death, larded with black humor. Later, Yufit started shooting features finally resulting in three films centred around themes like reverse evolution and scientific eugenic experiments.