Prisoner of the Mountains Film Screening

Prisoner of the Mountains

LAST SCREENING OF THE SEMESTER. RSVP EARLY BEFORE TICKETS RUN OUT!

Sergei Bodrov’s film Prisoner of the Mountains (1996)— based on a short story by Tolstoy — poses penetrating questions about conflict and power, humanity and cruelty, and the sometimes thin line between a friend and an enemy. While on patrol in the Caucasus mountains, two Russian soldiers become the prisoners of a Chechen village. The tribal leader of the colony is willing to release the pair unharmed in exchange for his son, who is a prisoner in the custody of the Russians. After writing to their mothers to announce the terms of their imprisonment, the duo are powerless to do anything but wait for an answer while adjusting to life in the remote enclave of their captors. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Prisoner of the Mountains received rave critical and audience reviews worldwide.

Enjoy delicious Russian food and great cinema. Bring a friend for a special night out with The Carmel Institute of Russian Culture & History at AU!

Q & A with Professor Eric Lohr to follow the film

Where: Tunlaw Theater, 2641 Tunlaw Road, Embassy of the Russian Federation, Tunlaw Gate.

When: Wednesday, April 17 at 6 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

Dress: Business

RSVP by noon Monday, April 15 to carmelinstitute@american.edu with name, birthdate, and current institutional affiliations for every guestPlease note that state-issued photo identification is required to enter the Embassy.

Parking: Complimentary valet parking provided.

Please indicate in your RSVP if you might use a Carmel-provided university shuttle so that we may plan to accommodate all of our guests.

Transportation details

Please be at the pickup location at least 5 minutes before the time posted to be sure you will not miss the bus pickup, as traffic conditions can impact the bus schedules. The bus will have a sign in the window with the pickup university and the Embassy as the destination.

American University - the bus will pick up in front of Hughes Hall, across from the Kogod School of Business at 5:00pm.
George Washington University - the bus will pick up at 23rd and I St, on the metro station side at 4:45pm.

Georgetown University - the bus will pick up at 37th and O St, NW at 4:45pm.

UMBC - the bus will pick up at 1000 Hilltop Circle, behind Retriever Activity Center at 3:00pm.
University of Maryland, College Park - the bus will pick up on the west side of the Stamp Student Union building at approximately 4:15pm.
George Mason University - the bus will pick up at the Rappahannock River Parking Deck near Patriot Circle at 4pm.

Stilyagi (Hipsters) Film Screening

Stilyagi film poster

As a member of the Komsomol youth wing of the Communist Party, Mels helps break up a swing party in 1950s Moscow, but falls in love with a hip girl named Polly who pulls him into the stilyagi (hipster) subculture that feeds on high hair, colorful clothes, dancing, and very loud music. An audience favorite at international film festivals where it has played, Valery Todorovsky's Stilyagi (2008) glorifies self-expression and social tolerance.

Enjoy delicious Russian food and great cinema. Bring a friend for a special night out with The Carmel Institute of Russian Culture & History at AU!

Q & A with Dr. Eric Lohr to follow the film

Where: Tunlaw Theater, 2641 Tunlaw Road, Embassy of the Russian Federation, Tunlaw Gate.
When (NEW DATE): Wednesday, March 27 at 6 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

Dress: Business

RSVP by noon Monday, March 25 to carmelinstitute@american.edu with name, birthdate, and current institutional affiliations for every guestPlease note that state-issued photo identification is required to enter the Embassy.

Parking: Complimentary valet parking provided.

Please indicate in your RSVP if you might use a Carmel-provided university shuttle so that we may plan to accommodate all of our guests.

Transportation details

Please be at the pickup location at least 5 minutes before the time posted to be sure you will not miss the bus pickup, as traffic conditions can impact the bus schedules. The bus will have a sign in the window with the pickup university and the Embassy as the destination.

American University - the bus will pick up in front of Hughes Hall, across from the Kogod School of Business at 5:00pm.
George Washington University - the bus will pick up at 23rd and I St, on the metro station side at 4:45pm.

Georgetown University - the bus will pick up at 37th and O St, NW at 4:45pm.

UMBC - the bus will pick up at 1000 Hilltop Circle, behind Retriever Activity Center at 3:00pm.
University of Maryland, College Park - the bus will pick up on the west side of the Stamp Student Union building at approximately 4:15pm.
George Mason University - the bus will pick up at the Rappahannock River Parking Deck near Patriot Circle at 4pm.

12 Film Screening

12 a film by Nikita Mikhalkov

Like its predecessors - Reginald Rose's play Twelve Angry Men and Sidney Lumet's film 12 Angry Men - Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov's electrifying adaptation of the classic courtroom drama poses eternal questions of law, morality, prejudice, and honor. Twelve jurors from disparate backgrounds are thrown together to decide the fate of a young Chechen boy accused of the murder of his stepfather, a Russian military officer. Nominated for a 2008 Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film, 12 probes the certainties, morals, and values of both its characters and the viewer.

Enjoy delicious Russian food and great cinema. Bring a friend for a special night out with The Carmel Institute of Russian Culture & History at AU!

With introductory remarks by Dr. Eric Lohr, Susan E. Carmel Chair of Russian History and Culture at AU.

Where: Tunlaw Theater, 2641 Tunlaw Road, Embassy of the Russian Federation, Tunlaw Gate.
When: Wednesday, February 13 at 6 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
The film screening will begin promptly at 7 pm.
Dress: Business

RSVP by Monday, February 11 to carmelinstitute@american.edu with name, birthdate, and institutional affiliations for every guestPlease note that state-issued photo identification is required to enter the Embassy.

Parking: Complimentary valet parking provided.

Please indicate in your RSVP if you might use a Carmel-provided university shuttle so that we may plan to accommodate all of our guests.

Transportation details

Please be at the pickup location at least 5 minutes before the time posted to be sure you will not miss the bus pickup, as traffic conditions can impact the bus schedules. The bus will have a sign in the window with the pickup university and the Embassy as the destination.

American University - the bus will pick up in front of Hughes Hall, across from the Kogod School of Business at 5:00pm.
George Washington University - the bus will pick up at 23rd and I St, on the metro station side at 4:45pm.

Georgetown University - the bus will pick up at 37th and O St, NW at 4:45pm.

NEW PICKUP TIME: UMBC - the bus will pick up at 1000 Hilltop Circle, behind Retriever Activity Center at 3:00pm.
UMBC RIDERS PLEASE NOTE: The new UMBC pickup time is 45 minutes earlier than originally scheduled.
University of Maryland, College Park - the bus will pick up on the west side of the Stamp Student Union building at approximately 4:15pm.
George Mason University - the bus will pick up at the Rappahannock River Parking Deck near Patriot Circle at 4pm.

Fall 2019 Events

  • Ivan's Childhood
    Film Screening
    18 September 2019
    Russian Embassy

  • Everyday Fascism
    Film Screening
    2 October 2019
    Russian Embassy
  • Twenty Days Without War 
    Film Screening
    14 November 2019
    Russian Embassy
  • Please note: These dates are for planning purposes, as they are subject to change; we will begin accepting RSVPs only after the event announcement is made via email and AU campus screens.

AU Summer Course 2017 "Revolutionary Russia: A Cultural Legacy, 1917-2017

The Carmel Institute sponsored students to attend Professor Anton Fedyashin's AU Summer Course. The course took ten students to St. Petersburg, Moscow and other Russian locations to explore Russian culture in person. Students walked the Russian capitals, visited museums, and attended cultural events to experience Russian culture first-hand.

An Evening with Fashion and Friends

Symposium at Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens

On 30 March 2018, guests explored a captivating picture of diplomatic life in early nineteenth-century St. Petersburg through forty-five portraits from an album assembled by the family of politician and statesman Henry Middleton. Carmel Institute Director Anton Fedyashin provided the historical and political context of American-Russian relations during Henry Middleton's post as American Minister to Russia in the 1820s and 30s and Dr. Rosalind Blakesley placed the portraits assembled in the Middleton album in the history of Russian portraiture during the era.

Lexo Toradze Performance and Lecture

World-Renowned pianist at American University

In Katzen Arts Center on March 22, 2018, world-renowned pianist Mr. Lexo Toradze performed and lectured about the revolutionary changes in Russian and Soviet music after 1917 -- the experimentalism of Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich, the evolution of Soviet jazz, and the role of music during the Second World War. The audience also enjoyed a question-and-answer discussion with the artist after his performance.

The Russian Experiment

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The Carmel Institute partnered with the PostClassical Ensemble to present a concert-symposium with world-renowned pianist Vladimir Feltsman, October 19, 2017, at AU's Katzen Arts Center.

See more event highlights at Carmel Institute News.