Los Angeles Filmforum presents Les Soviets Plus L’Électricité, by Nicolas Rey

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Les Soviets Plus L’Électricité, 2001 16mm Film
Les Soviets Plus L’Électricité, 2001 16mm Films © Nicolas Rey
Los Angeles Filmforum presents Les Soviets Plus L’Électricité, by Nicolas Rey
Curated by: Adam Hyman

1122 W. 24th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
December 8th, 2013 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

downtown/east la
(213) 746-2166
12-6 PM Friday, Saturday, Sunday
film, landscape
$10 general, $6 students/seniors/V.P.E.S. Members; free for Filmforum members.


Sunday December 8, 2013, 6:30 pm

Los Angeles Filmforum presents

Les Soviets Plus L’Électricité, by Nicolas Rey

Nicolas Rey in person from France!  Los Angeles premiere!

At the Velaslavasay Panorama, 1122 West 24th Street (by Hoover), Los Angeles CA 90007

For more event information:, or 323-377-7238

Tickets: $10 general, $6 students/seniors/V.P.E.S. Members; free for Filmforum members.  Available by credit card in advance from Brown Paper Tickets at or at the door.

Note the change in time and location!

Les soviets plus l’électricité (Soviets Plus Electricity) (2001, 15mm, 175 min.)

A cinetrip to a defunct country

Super-self-production in Sviemacolor by Nicolas Rey

Three hours of 16mm public transportation.

Wandering through Russia as if through someone else's house.

Soviets plus electricity is a cinematic journey through Russia to Magadan, a city famous in Soviet times for being synonymous with deportation. Based on excerpts from his acoustic diary, documentary footage and some autobiographical insights given on the way, the roving reporter searches for imaginary roots and its historical and political implications.  The film was shot in August and September 1999.

"Day two is the worst. It was the same in the train: on the second day, I stamped my feet impatiently. Then, from the third day on, it gets better. You get used to the slowness, to the monotonous landscape, to a life made up of short sleep-eat-wait cycles having absolutely nothing to do with the usual timing of a day."  Advertisements for linoleum as if it were some precious stone, and entire cities - built on gold mines - left abandoned. There is no such thing as Russian chaos. Just "Europe" stretching all the way to the Pacific Ocean, and no longer merely to the ghostly Oural Mountains.

FIPRESCI Prize Berlin 2002 – Musée National d’Art Moderne film collection.

Nicolas Rey (b. 1968) wasn’t named after the famous American director (he’s the one that had a pseudonym) and he’s not even the son of the French experimental filmmaker Georges Rey. He’s been making films since 1993, productions hovering somewhere between photography, documentaries and experimental films. He spends most of his time at “L'Abominable”, a co-operative film lab he helped founding in 1995.  He’s wrapping up a US tour in Los Angeles.

Other information and illustrations at

Nicolas Rey will be doing a different show at REDCAT on Monday, December 9, at 8:30 pm. autrement, la Molussie (differently, Molussia)

This presentation of Les Soviets Plus L’Électricité is part of a touring exhibition of critically acclaimed French experimental filmmaker Nicolas Rey, with 10 other universities and media centers in the United States, supported in part by a grant from Cine2000, a program of FACE.

Special thanks to Steve Anker, Bérénice Reynaud, REDCAT and Cal Arts for making Nicolas Rey’s visit possible.

This program is supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. Additional support generously provided by American Cinematheque. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.

Los Angeles Filmforum is the city's longest-running organization screening experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and experimental animation.  2013 is our 38th year.

Coming Soon to Los Angeles Filmforum:

Dec 15 – Ann Arbor Film Festival tour, at the Egyptian

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