Soviet Underground and Parallel Cinema

Special issue: “Soviet Underground and Parallel Cinema”

East European Film Bulletin (EEFB)

Deadline: 1 August 2020


In the early 1980s, two moments of underground film — the so-called Parallel Cinema — emerge in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad) and Moscow. For the first time radical young filmmakers, painters and artists produce amateur films, mainly in 16mm, outside of Goskino’s state monopoly. While the Moscow school’s approach to film is shaped by the influence of conceptualist art, the Leningrad school, associated with “Necrorealism”, explores an expressionist and absurd cinema, circling around death, decay and horror.

As part of its Russia focus 2020, the East European Film Bulletin is preparing a special issue on Soviet Parallel Cinema (parallelnoe kino), an experimental film movement in the Soviet Union in the 1980s. We are looking for contributions on underground films and video art by, among others, Igor and Gleb Aleinikov, Evgeny Iufit, Evgeny Kondratiev (Debil), Boris Yukhananov, Andrej Myortvy, Konstantin Mitenev, Igor Bezrukov, Alexander Doulerain, Vladimir Zakharov, Oleg Kotelnikov etc.

We are particularly interested in essays that examine films and video art in relation to politics, art, early avant-garde film, literature, philosophy, punk culture and transnational relations.


Proposals of 250 words should be sent to by Saturday, August 1, 2020.

Proposals: 1st of August 2020

Papers due: 15th of October 2020

Stylistic guidelines for essays published in our journal can be found here:





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Emilia Robin (2020, 21 juin). Soviet Underground and Parallel Cinema. Faire l'histoire de la guerre froide. Consulté le 19 juin 2024, à l’adresse

Emilia Robin

Chercheuse associée à l'UMR SIRICE. Violons d'Ingres : guerre froide, médiation scientifique, logiciels libres

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