Osip Mandelstam’s story epitomises the fate of Russian poets.
The Soviet state strove to kill him and to obliterate his poems.
They succeeded in extinguishing his life, but not his work: cold, starvation and torture drove him to madness and death in the camps, yet his poems lived on. His wife, Nadezhda Mandelstam, saved them by memorising everything he had written and keeping them until milder times.
Thanks to her, we know many poems, including the incomparable ‘Keep my words forever, because of their taste of unhappiness and smoke..’
This is the story of the poet, remade at the intersection of different arts and genres: puppet theatre, animation, computer graphics, and documentary.
In Russian with English subtitles. Followed by Q&A with Roma Liberov.
Film maker Roman Liberov was born in 1980, in Vilnius. He finished film direction studies at the Institute of Cinematography in Moscow and for six years worked at BBC. During a decade he created documentaries about various Russian writers – Yuri Olesh („Юрий Олеша по кличке „писатель“, 2009), Joseph Brodsky („Разговор с небожителем“, 2010), Georgi Vladimov („Один день Жоры Владимова“, 2011), Sergei Dovlatov („Написано С.Д.“, 2012), Ilya Ilf and Yevgeny Petrov („Ильфипетров“, 2013).
In 2015 he created film about one of the most famous Russian poets Osip Mandelstam who was brutally tortured to death by the Soviet regime and whose roots could be traced back to small Lithuanian town of Zagare. R. Liberov is not only talented director but a diligent researcher of archives too as well as an interesting speaker who always gives eloquent, colorful and interesting talks.
This event is part of the Poetry on the Move Season, supported by The Case Foundation.