Sumptuously shot with careful attention to detail, this period drama by the Golden-Globe nominated Russian director Aleksei Uchitel recounts the well-documented love affair between Russia’s last tsar, Nicholas II (Eidinger)—as a still unmarried crown prince—and Mathilda-Marie Feliksovna Kschessinskaya (Olszanska), a beautiful young prima ballerina of St. Petersburg’s world-renowned Mariinski Theater. Set in the twilight of the Russian Empire, Uchitel attempts to capture the magnitude of the scandal that ensued as the danseuse danced her way not only into the hearts of theater audiences, but into the heart of the future Russian tsar. But the film has not been immune to scandal itself...
Even before the scheduled release date in October 2017, “Mathilde” and Mr. Uchitel found themselves at the center of violent controversy when the conservative Russian Orthodox Christian community rejected as offensive the film’s sensuous portrayal of the young tsar, who was canonized as an Orthodox saint in 2000.
Join us for the US Premiere of this highly anticipated drama and meet the director, Aleksei Uchitel, for a Q&A discussion about the movie and its implications for the future of artistic freedom in Russia.
In Russian with English subtitles
Director: Aleksei Uchitel
Starring Lars Eidinger, Michalina Olszanska, Danila Kozlovsky