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LEC Movie night: Burnt by the Sun (Утомлённые солнцем)

  • Jan 31, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

Burnt by the Sun is a 1994 film by Russian director and actor Nikita Mikhalkov. The film depicts the story of a senior Red Army officer and his family during the Great Purge of the late 1930s in the Stalinist Soviet Union.


Won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1995, another 3 wins and 5 nominations.

IMDB Rating: 8.0

Running time: 135 minutes

The movie will start at 7.30pm, but I will get there from about 7.00pm to set up the room.  There is enough space for you to join us upstairs and make use of the bar and space.

Please note that we show this movie for educational purposes within our club.  This is a strict members only event.  Please do not embarrass yourself (and us) by bringing a guest, who we would need to turn away.

Please note that we ask members for a contribution of £3 to allow us to budget for future events.  Your support is very much appreciated! Thanks.

The upstairs bar will be opened for us from 7.00pm and please order any drinks and food at this bar.


London European Club is run by dedicated volunteers, who don't have time to waste with people who don't show up at events. If you don't show up to three events that you have RSVPed to, you will be banned from the Club. Changing your RSVP in the last 24 hours prior to the event is strongly discouraged and may result in an immediate ban, especially when it comes to our most popular events such as this one.

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  • Tiziana

    A movie that flows gently, like the water of the river in it, and yet so much under the surface
    I sat in the first row, so I missed nothing and enjoyed the exchange afterwards, especially Palma's passionate take on it. Thanks everyone

    1 · February 2, 2014

    • Liam

      What a poetic comment!

      1 · February 2, 2014

    • Tiziana

      I should have added 'inspirational'­ maybe, but that might have raised suspicions of a forthcoming killing spree ; ]

      February 6, 2014

  • Palma

    Oh, yes. I really loved it.

    1 · February 2, 2014

  • Liam

    I agree that Maja's choice of film was wonderful, very thoughtprovoking - a powerful demonstration of the ambiguity of surfaces and the attractiveness and charisma of evil. I am sorry for all those who struggled to see the subtitles. I wasn't aware this was a problem until after the film.

    1 · February 1, 2014

  • L.E.

    Thank you for choosing this film! Yes, sub-titles need to go up a little, or a few heads need to be chopped. (Stalin would agree!)

    4 · February 1, 2014

  • Luis

    brilliant film, true acting and filming craftsmanship of the very best class. And a very nice evening afterwards talking to people. Thanks for organizing.

    February 1, 2014

  • L.E.

    Sub-titles hard to see, but I think the protagonist died at the end.
    Lovely to see the group. Really enjoyed the evening!!

    February 1, 2014

  • Henry K

    Really enjoyed the film deeply unsettling as it was. A rural setting almost out of Turgenev or Tolstoy filmed in eternal sunshine gradually turning dark with the development of the family background and then abandoning comic Russian themes to descend into the brutal world of Stalinist paranoia. The portrayal of the relationships between Kotov and his daughter, Kotov and his wife were brilliiant, I thought, and deeply moving. Beautifully filmed and acted. There was something about the sensibility of the film that struck me as being as French as it was Russian. All in all an enormous thank you to whoever chose it. (And of course I agree with everyone else about the sub-titles!)

    2 · February 1, 2014

  • Anthony

    Incredibly well filmed historical story. For future reference, when a film has subtitles please can you make sure the screen is high enough so the people at the back can read the subtitles. The bar lights, noises from the kitchen and having to stand, or sit on tables, for over two hours did detract a little from an otherwise most engaging film. The Venue for the earlier Serbia/US film at the Devereux Pub next door is much better. Nevertheless a big thank you to the organisers for giving us such a great film.

    1 · February 1, 2014

  • Tia M.

    Only saw about 10% of the subtitles of the whole film. Lost. Good idea to reduce the screen size.

    February 1, 2014

  • Grae

    Felt this was a powerul film - loved the contrast of the seemingly idyllic family life with all the horrible background that came to light.
    Downside was missing half the subtitles due to seating (ended standing to follow the dialogue) - a thought for future films - reduce the screen size to raise the subtitles?

    2 · February 1, 2014

  • Sandra

    Great portrait of the family and loved Mikhalkov.

    January 31, 2014

  • dawid

    Need to stay at work :(

    January 31, 2014

  • Maja

    We have a strict "no show" policy for our monthly movie nights and changing your RSVP may result in an immediate ban from the Club. Please be considerate to members who are on the waiting list and change your RSVP if you can no longer attend. Thank you!

    1 · January 28, 2014

    • JT

      Thanks for reminder ! :-)

      January 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I hope this doesn't apply when you suddenly come on through the waiting list a few hours before as I just did.

      January 31, 2014

  • Maja

    I absolutely love this film! It won the Oscar for Foreign film in the same year when the Macedonian film Before the Rain was nominated and I thought it was well deserved. Good find Marion, I would have joined you if I was in London but I am away on the date you have chosen.

    January 15, 2014

    • Marion

      Actually it was your suggestion. Sorry you will miss it. Should have checked with you.

      January 15, 2014

    • Maja

      Ha ha, and I wanted to meet the person who suggested it. I am sure there will be a few Russian members who would be able to put the film in context and lead a discussion.

      1 · January 16, 2014

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