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The cinema club meeting of the Presidential Library to spotlight the wooden architecture of Leningrad Region

17 September 2020

A regular cinema club meeting of the Presidential Library will be held on September 17, 2020, at 16:00. Its program includes screening and discussion of the film "Wooden Temples of Leningrad Region. History and Present Times", directed by Igor Smirnov. The film was created by the Saint-Petersburg Creative Association "Documentary Video" in 2018.

Elena Smirnova, the director of the Creative Association, will deliver a speech about a film dedicated to the Russian style of architecture.

The buildings of the ancient architectural styles - Gothic, Romanesque, Byzantine - are widespread in Europe. At the same time, Russia created its own architectural style, which was not borrowed from anyone and had no analogues anywhere. It arose about two thousand years ago among endless forests, at the mouths of rivers and lakes, and can exist only there. The best examples of folk wooden architecture make an inestimable contribution of our country to world culture.

The architecture of wooden churches has been developing in Russia for many centuries. This development was discontinued by the domination of atheistic ideology in the state. Today church life gets new life: churches arise again, including wooden ones. How does wooden architecture develop? Is it capable of creating new forms now? The answer to these questions may be found by studying the ancient and modern temples of Leningrad region. The architectural image includes not only the stylistic and constructional features of the building... It also features the history and present life. The film pays much attention to the events and people who determined the fate of wooden churches in Leningrad Region.

The cinema club meeting will be available on the Presidential Library's portal in the Live broadcasts section according to the live events program, as well as on the cinema club thematic page on the VKontakte social network and the library's YouTube channel.

Accreditation of media representatives is open until 14:00 on September 16, 2020.

Please forward applications for accreditation following the attached form with the note "Media accreditation" to the email addresses:, Alexandra Khudyakova, tel.: (812) 305-16-21, ext. 167; mob. +7 (981) 788-28-08.

The letter should include the name, date and place of birth, passport data (series, number, place of registration), a list of carry-on equipment, contact numbers, name of the media.

We draw the attention of media representatives that it is necessary to forward applications for accreditation and arrive at the event in advance.

Admission to the Presidential Library is possible only by prior registration and upon showing a passport: media representatives go through the entrance № 2; participants and guests of the event go through the entrance № 1.