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How To Re-Establish a Vodka Empire, Dir: Daniel Edelstyn, 2011

How To Re-Establish a Vodka Empire

16 Mar 201223 Mar 2012

When British born Daniel Edelstyn discovers his great-grandmother, Ilya Zorokovich's, journal in the attic of the family home it opens his eyes to a personal history which at once provides a dizzying history of the collapse of capitalism and subsequent rise of the Soviet Union. But it
also begins a moving, intimate, portrait of Daniel's unlikely connection to a seemingly distant land that time forgot. Ilya Zorokovich led a colourful life as a dancer, painter and writer and Daniel's curiosity about this woman and his family history leads to a visit to the run-down village of Dubouviazovka where he discovers a vodka distillery once owned by his family before it was seized in the 1917 Russian Revolution and the Zorokovich family forced to flee across Europe.

A century later Daniel decides to document his attempts to restart the family vodka distillery and use it as a socialist project to rejuvenate the life of Dubouviazovka. It's an amazing story told with all the glee of an amateur, yet naturally gifted filmmaker who combines witty historical recreations with an intimate account of his own family history as he tries to resurrect his great-grand parents fading legacy.

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Director Q&A
Join the director, Daniel Edelstyn, for Q&A on Friday 16 Mar at 4pm and and also 6.30pm.

There will also be a special vodka tasting of Zorokovich 1917 Vodka for these two screenings only!

Dir: Daniel Edelstyn, 2011, UK, 75mins, 12A cert.

With: Hilary Powell, Anthony Styles, Conrad Asquith and Dan Edelstyn.

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