Pechorin

2011 – 1 hr 95 min – HD Digital – color – Russia – d: Khrushch Roman – w/ subtitles

County: Tues (Jul 16) 7:00

Presented by the New Hope Film Festival. Based on Mikhail Lermontov’s classic Russian novel, A Hero of Our Time, this arresting film by Moscow-based auteur Khrushch Roman is a smoky, contemplative journey into the human soul.

Our hero is dying on a rickety cart. The scene around him: nothing but desert. But the life he has led has been anything but barren. Hasn’t it? A bon vivant and debauche who has lived only for the moment, he is suddenly grappling with questions that long evaded him: what is life all about, and because it only ends in death, are its trials and pleasures even worth the effort?

His past indifference to everything except himself, when contrasted with the surrounding, windswept sands that he will join soon enough, make him appear, on reflection, at best a greenhorn and a show-off. Pechorin deems this unacceptable. So, unable to lift his body a single piad, he will instead raise his spirit by choosing the final action of an intelligent, and indeed outstanding, man: to judge oneself without mercy.

Winner of Best Feature Film at the 2012 London Film Awards, Roman’s brilliant adaptation is worthy of Lermontov’s original.

The evening will also include the short “Saving Bella” by Doylestown-native Alyssa Achuff.

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