Vagrich and the Black Square

Festivals and Awards

The film is a collage, an essay and a documentary in tribute to an avant-garde artist and writer Vagrich Bakhchanyan. Viewers are immersed in the absurd and bitterly funny universe of the artist, as scholars and friends reflect on his life, enigma and the mystique of his connection with Kazimir Malevich's famous "Black Square" - an inception point of Russian avant-garde.

"Vagrich and the Black Square"

Vagrich Bakhchanyan. Frottage. Circa 1970

Apricot Tree International Film Festival, Yerevan, Armenia (2018)

Les Rencontres Cinematographiques, Serbere/Portbou (France/Spain)
Honorary Mention (2016)

FilmForum, Hamburg, Germany (2015)

Odessa International Film Festival, 
National Program, Golden Duke Nomination (2015)

Vagrich and the Black Square (2015) on IMDb

"In an affecting film tribute to Bakhchanyan, “Vagrich and the Black Square” (2015) made by Andrei Zagdansky (which was shown at the museum in the fall), the artist’s life and work are surveyed—though it is difficult to know when satire ends and reality begins. The artist, we are told, began his career working as a company-paper illustrator at the Kharkov Tractor Plant. Somewhere along the way, Bakhchanyan also wrote a mocking, Soviet-style narrative about his Ukrainian city, boasting that every other citizen wrote poetry; one out of five was a physicist and one out of six was a snitch".

Edward Rothstein, WSJ

Key credits 

Conceived, directed
and edited by 
Andrei Zagdansky 
Vladimir Guevsky
Andrei Zagdansky
Animation artist
Alexei Budovsky
Graphics design
Alexei Zagdansky
Line Producer
Olga Beskhmelnitsyna
Gennady Kofman
Andrei Zagdansky 

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