The Russian Woodpecker

Times:

  • 4:00 pm
  • Sunday, November 15, 2015

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, this debut feature from director Chad Gracia contains equal parts Cold War thriller and hypnotic comedy — and it’s sure to bring out the conspiracy theorist in everyone. Ukrainian artist Fedor Alexandrovich was a young boy when the Chernobyl nuclear plant exploded in 1986, spreading radioactive residue throughout northern Europe. Near Chernobyl, Fedor researches a secret Soviet broadcasting antenna, which transmitted an odd clicking noise across global airwaves for years. An obsessed Fedor interviews Soviet officials and scientists about its purpose and soon develops a dark theory of the antenna’s part in the nuclear disaster. In Russian and English, with English subtitles.

Director: Chad Gracia
Ukraine / UK / USA (2015)
80 minutes, Not Rated
Distributor: Film Buff

Reviews

"A well-deserved Sundance grand jury prizewinner in the World Cinema documentary category, “The Russian Woodpecker” is a complex film about Chernobyl that is also surprisingly, richly enjoyable." — Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Rightly singled out by many as one of the more arresting and formally inventive documentaries at Sundance this year, debutant director Chad Gracia’s “The Russian Woodpecker” offers a wild ride through Ukrainian and Soviet history, from the famines of the early 30s through Chernobyl and up to the present-day war with Russia." — Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter
"A well-deserved Sundance grand jury prizewinner in the World Cinema documentary category, “The Russian Woodpecker” is a complex film about Chernobyl that is also surprisingly, richly enjoyable." — Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Rightly singled out by many as one of the more arresting and formally inventive documentaries at Sundance this year, debutant director Chad Gracia’s “The Russian Woodpecker” offers a wild ride through Ukrainian and Soviet history, from the famines of the early 30s through Chernobyl and up to the present-day war with Russia." — Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.