Russian Screen Responses to the Pandemic
Keywords:Timur Bekmambetov, Semen Slepakov, Russia, #SidIAdoma, The Plague!, Cursed Days, In Lockdown, Screenlife, Quarantine, Pandemic, series, streaming services.
More than a dozen Covid-19 era TV series were produced and distributed on Russian subscription streaming services. In this paper, I examine four different series made under quarantine conditions that illustrate competing regimes for viewers’ pleasure and pedagogy. These low-budget productions acknowledge the coronavirus as a context but replace the fear, panic, and anxiety of outbreak narratives with comic domestic foibles of life under quarantine. They embody the ‘feast during the plague’ syndrome that ignores the mortal consequences of the disease and celebrates a gallows humour. These were the first ‘screenlife’ serials to be produced as a methodological approach to solve a range of production proximity restrictions and in turn their aesthetics is one of intimacy and authenticity.
Image: Screenshot of #СидЯдома (Ol'ga Frenkel', #SidIAdoma 2020)
How to Cite
Copyright (c) 2021 Apparatus. Film, Media and Digital Cultures of Central and Eastern Europe
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
The articles in Apparatus are published under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ This license does not apply to the media referenced, which are subject to the individual rights owner's terms.
The authors hold the copyright without restrictions and retain publishing rights without restrictions.