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    BROTHER

    Aleksey Balabanov Russia, 1997

    The film that made enfant terrible Aleksey Balabanov’s name, Brother was a domestic smash hit. Almost single-handedly igniting the notion of a homegrown genre cinema, this morally ambiguous gangster movie with a killer soundtrack embodies the mercenary dog-eat-dog spirit of Russia’s “Wild Nineties.”

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    OF FREAKS AND MEN

    Aleksey Balabanov Russia, 1998

    Of Freaks and Men gleefully drags any high-minded notion of Russian cinema back to the gutter from whence it came. An early-cinema pastiche luridly steeped in pornography and madness, this fabulously dark, Dostoyevskian comedy cemented Aleksey Balabanov’s subversive reputation for cultural mischief.

    BROTHER 2

    Aleksey Balabanov Russia, 2000

    Capturing the head-on collision of Russian and American values at the start of a new century, this superlative sequel wryly tackles questions of personal agency and bravado. Interrogating stereotype with Aleksey Balabanov’s savage wit, Brother 2 subversively needles the notion of national identity.

    WAR

    Aleksey Balabanov Russia, 2002

    Aleksey Balabanov turns his unflinching gaze to the Chechen conflict at the start of the millennium. Hugely controversial on its initial release, War finds Balabanov firmly in genre territory for one of his most complex examinations of post-Soviet Russian identity and its relationship with the west.

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