Taurus by Alexander Sokurov (Russia, 2001, 104 min.). Chronicling Lenin’s last days in his estate outside Moscow, Taurus portrays an old man aware of this human failings and personal disappointment, his ramblings both poetic and pathetic. Sokurov is not interested in Lenin’s philosophies, but the ugliness and emptiness of his quest for absolute power, and he depicts Lenin not as the mythic Russian figure, but as a physically ill man crying out in anguish.  In Russian with English subtitles.

Co-presented by the Ballets Russes Cultural Partnership.