School of Seduction

According to School of Seduction, working-class women have few options in patriarchal Russia, and all of them involve finding a man. To aid young ladies in that quest, there are seduction schools where they can learn the timeless art of bumping, grinding and butt-wiggling their way into a prospective partner’s heart and pants – in particular, the pocket where he keeps his wallet.

Focused on a trio of women navigating this warped and sexist landscape, Alina Rudnitskaya’s documentary is an eye-opening snapshot of gender dynamics in modern Russia. Praised by President Vladimir Putin as a place where “a man is a man and a woman is a woman,” it’s a country that instills in its female population the belief that independence is a pathway to ostracization and sorrow, and that marriage and parenthood is the primary means by which happiness can be attained. As a result, there can be no greater aim than to land a man willing to put a literal ring on it – regardless of whether love is also part of the matrimonial package.

That’s where the schools of seduction come in.

Nick Schager, The Daily Beast

  • Elokuvan nimi / Film Title : School of Seduction
  • Kieli / Language : Russian
  • Tekstitys / Subtitles : English
  • Ohjaaja / Director : Alina Rudnitskaja
  • Tuotantomaa / Production Country : Denmark
  • Vuosi / Year : 2019
  • Pituus (min) / Length (min) : 97
  • Ikäraja / Age limit : K12
  • Esitysformaatti / Format : DCP
  • Kuvaaja / Cinematographer : Alina Rudnitskaja, Alexander Demyanenko, Fedor Bakulin
  • Leikkaus / Editing : Cathrine Ambus
  • Musiikki / Music : Karwan Marouf
  • Tuottaja / Producer : Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
  • Tuotantoyhtiö / Production Company : Danish Documentary
  • Esitysajat / Screenings :
    Mon 27.1. at 17.30, Kinopalatsi 5
    Sat 1.2. at 18.00, Kinopalatsi 1, followed by a Q&A with director Alina Rudnitskaja
    Sun 2.2. at 14.30, Orion, followed by a Q&A with director Alina Rudnitskaja