Representations of the Chernobyl catastrophe in Soviet and post-Soviet cinema: the narratives of apocalypse

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T1 - Representations of the Chernobyl catastrophe in Soviet and post-Soviet cinema

T2 - the narratives of apocalypse

AU - Lindbladh, Johanna

PY - 2019

Y1 - 2019

N2 - The aim of this article is to explore how the Chernobyl catastrophe in 1986 has been represented in seven feature films from the three countries mostly affected by the nuclear disaster: Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. The narratological analysis indicates that the films from all of these three countries represent Chernobyl as an apocalyptic event making personal rebirth possible. Although the context of this rebirth is diverse–it could be political, emotional/sexual, religious or existential–the narrative of these films is similarly structured, namely according to a temporal pattern of kairos rather than chronos, thus defining the end (apocalypse) in terms of the supreme time to act (kairos), rather than the final end in a historical chain of events (chronos).

AB - The aim of this article is to explore how the Chernobyl catastrophe in 1986 has been represented in seven feature films from the three countries mostly affected by the nuclear disaster: Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. The narratological analysis indicates that the films from all of these three countries represent Chernobyl as an apocalyptic event making personal rebirth possible. Although the context of this rebirth is diverse–it could be political, emotional/sexual, religious or existential–the narrative of these films is similarly structured, namely according to a temporal pattern of kairos rather than chronos, thus defining the end (apocalypse) in terms of the supreme time to act (kairos), rather than the final end in a historical chain of events (chronos).

KW - Apocalyptic narrative

KW - Chernobyl

KW - chronos

KW - exclusion zone

KW - kairos

U2 - 10.1080/2040350X.2019.1608628

DO - 10.1080/2040350X.2019.1608628

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85073192958

VL - 10

SP - 240

EP - 256

JO - Studies in Eastern European Cinema

JF - Studies in Eastern European Cinema

SN - 2040-350X

IS - 3

ER -