If you are into independent film festivals and art-house movies, Cinemascope is the right project to check out in Minsk. There are two types of programmes: the standard one with all movies being screened at Rakieta cinema (one of the oldest cinemas, built in 1958 after Gagarin’s spaceflight) and special programmes.
I must confess, Woody Allen’s early movies like Annie Hall and Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H tempt me every time I notice them on Cinemascope’s schedule while scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed.
As for special programmes, Beat Festival (documentaries about music and new culture) and #Shhh summer open-air programme, running at Azhur museum‘s patio for several years now, naturally complement Minsk’s cultural life.
I particularly liked the Cinemascope’s new programmes launched in 2019: Garage Film Screen Festival (movies covering art, culture and cinema) and Cultural Wednesdays (even though it’s not related to cinema). By the way, famous theatre plays are also shown within Minsk TheatreHD project.
Even if you have a very tight agenda in Minsk, it’s always a good idea to spend a rainy night at Cinemascope. Movies are always screened in their original languages with Russian subtitles – choose the right one for you. Besides, you can get lucky and attend screenings preceded/followed by conversations with the films’ directors.
Note for users: Cinemascope is looking for another venue and you can only enjoy the screenings within the cinema club ”Cinemascope. Anthology” and ”Kinemo. Silent movie+live music” programme for the time being. Stay tuned for further updates.