Films include 'Gloss,' 'House of Fools,' 'Uncle Vanya'
LONDON — London’s Barbican arts center is to fete Russian helmer and writer Andrei Konchalovsky with a season of films, which he has picked himself and will introduce.The season, which runs Jan. 20-30, will run as part of the arts center’s Directorspective program. Films screening include “Gloss,” a satire on the fashion industry; “House of Fools,” an antiwar expose of the Chechen conflict, which won Venice’s Grand Special Jury Prize; “First Teacher,” Konchalovsky’s debut feature, which explored the impact of Soviet ideology on a traditional community; and “Uncle Vanya,” the helmer’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece. Konchalovsky’s films range from Russian-language arthouse pics, such as “Siberiada,” which was the Special Jury Prize winner at Cannes Film Festival in 1979, to mainstream English-language fare such as “Runaway Train,” which received three Oscar noms. He also has earned acclaim for such landmark television epics as “The Odyssey,” for which he won an Emmy Award as best director, and “Lion in Winter,” which received multiple Emmy awards and nominations. Konchalovsky’s most recent projects were a stage production of “War and Peace” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and a modern-day musical feature film re-telling of the Hoffman fairytale, “The Nutcracker in 3D,” which starred Elle Fanning, Richard E. Grant, Nathan Lane and John Turturro.