Film lifts the curtain on infighting at the institution after an acid attack on its artistic director.What do the Bolshoi and the Kalashnikov have in common?According to a new documentary exploring the aftermath of an acid attack at the legendary ballet company in 2013 they are the two brands that define modern Russia.
The film released in the UK on 8 January was shot during a time of much soul-searching at the institution and examines what the assault on its artistic director Sergei Filin says about the broader state of Russian politics.
‘It was such an unusual story when it broke even by the standards of the Russian underworld’ said one of the film’s directors,
Nick Read speaking at the Copenhagen documentary film festival CPH:DOX, where the film had its European premiere.
‘Acid is not a commonly used weapon.
That’s why I was so curious, and why it created a profound curiosity inside Russia.
Everyone was scratching their heads.
It lifted a lid on this bottle of snakes’.