Beat Film Festival presents: Grant Gee, Apollinaria Avrutina and Anna Narinskaya in conversation

Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design
Bersenevskaya embankment, 14, Moscow

3 June at 20.00 as part of the 3-day Future of the Word Forum, devoted to new perspectives on reading culture, the publishing industry and creative literary process in the UK and Russia.

About the film "Innocence of Memories"

Memories – the truth and the lies in them, their impermanence and their power – this is one of the main themes of Orhan Pamuk’s prose and is definitely the key topic of his book “Museum of Innocence”. Four years after it was published, Pamuk opened a real museum in a house where, according to the novel, his main characters met.  In this museum memory materialises, falls into millions of objects, and becomes tangible.  Grant Gee’s documentary tells this story from one more side.  He puts the author and the characters face to face, creating new narrative that roots in both “real” and “imaginative” memory.

But can memory actually be “real”? What is so precious in memories and is it possible to keep them innocent? Can we view our past as one huge museum of our lives? 

Grant Gee

Grant Gee is British filmmaker, photographer, and cinematographer, most noted for the 1998 Grammy-nominated documentary ‘Meeting People Is Easy’ about Radiohead. The range of his work is impressive: Gee collaborated with U2 on their Zoo TV tour; made music videos for Radiohead and Blur; has made documentaries about anarchists, rock groups and writers, and is currently working on his first feature drama, an adaptation of Alison Moore’s The Lighthouse and Julio Cortazar’s Autonauts of the Cosmoroute. His 2007 film 'Joy Division' won the prestigious Sound & Vision award at the key documentary showcase CPH:DOX.

Anna Narinskaya

Anna Narinskaya is a literary critic, curator and special correspondent for “Kommersant”. Anna studied Philology at Moscow State University before pursuing postgraduate studies at Columbia University and joining the BBC's Documentary Film department. On returning to Moscow she worked for the Russian TV channel NTV and then heading up of the Culture section of “Expert” magazine. Aside from writing for Kommersant, Anna writes for Afisha, Colta and Meduza. In 2015 she curated “200 heartbeats per minute: the typewriter and 20th century consciousness” a major exhibition at Moscow's Modern Art Museum. In 2016, leading independent publisher Corpus released her collected journalism in the volume Not a Chaffinch: a story about myself in Notes and Supplements.

Apollinariya Avrutina

Apollinariya Avrutina is an associate professor at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of Saint Petersburg State University (SPSU) and an associate professor at the Faculty of Oriental Studies of SPSU. Since 2012 she has been a member of the Union of Writers of Saint Petersburg. She is also turcologist, journalist, writer and literature translator. Among her translations from Turkish to Russian are the works of the most famous contemporary writers of Turkey - Orkhan Pamuk, Nazym Khikmet, Perikhan Magden, Sabakhattin Ali, Bilge Karasu, Akhmed Khamdi Tanpynar, Ataol Bekhramoglu and others. Among her translations you can find prose along with poetry. She is an award-winning translator of the International Turkic Poetry Competition “Ak Torna” (2012). 

She organizes visits of Turkish writers and other art community members to Russia and also promotes Russian writers on Turkish book market. She is considered a private translator of Orkhan Pamuk. She is a co-writer of a screenplay for documentary of A. Avilov “The Lost City of Orkhan Pamuk” (“Culture” TV-channel, 2012).