Beat Film Festival presents: Adam Curtis in conversation with Andrey Loshak
Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design
Bersenevskaya embankment, 14, Moscow
The British documentary director and winner of six BAFTA awards Adam Curtis describes his work as journalism represented in film. Before the Russian premiere of his new film “Bitter Lake” Adam Curtis will be talking live with the journalist, reporter and Chief Editor of “Such Things” Andrew Loshak about taped stories finding reflection in the artistic narrative of the director.
Andrew Loshak writes: “Adam Curtis is first and foremost a thinker, operating in an extraordinary way through the enormous video archive which he has access to. He creates unique philosophical films from other brilliantly selected scenes. Curtis operates with human lives almost in the same way as with the archives. He builds epic collages from an unbelievable mess of events, ideas and fates, where it is always possible to find the original answer for the everlasting question: “How does everything work?” I would have called him the Stephen Hawking of modern documentary because of his intention to find common answers and to embrace the immense.”
2 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.
Named ‘TV’s maddest documentary-maker’ by The Guardian, Adam Curtis is an English film director focusing on power in society. Curtis himself says that his works are journalism, but delivered through the medium of film. Among his films are ‘The Century of the Self’, an exploration of how Freudian ideas became a tool for influencing people; ‘The Power of Nightmares’, where Curtis voices an idea which may come as shock for many: the filmmaker states that Al-Qaeda never existed; ‘It Felt Like a Kiss’, an hour-long collage on the American dream set to major US pop hits. He has won three BAFTAs, and has been lauded at the world’s leading documentary film festivals including Canadian Hot Docs and Sheffield International Documentary Festival.
Andrey Loshak is a Russian journalist and reporter. He graduated from the journalism faculty of Moscow State University before working in television. From 2001 to 2004 he was a reporter for “Segodnya” and the renowned TV series “Namedni” (NTV). From 2004 to 2009 he wrote regularly for “Professiya-reporter” (NTV). In 2011 Andrey became editor-in-chief of Russian Esquire Magazine. Since 2013 he has worked for “Dozhd” TV channel. In 2015 he became editor-in-chief of the news site “Takie Dela”.
Andrey has won many journalistic and documentary film and TV awards including the TEFI award for “Best Reporter” and a “For Merit to the Fatherland” 1st class medal for his contribution to the development of Russia’s national TV service.