IGOR - GLEB ALEINIKOV

Born in Moscow (Russian Federation), 1962
Decease on 1994 in Moscow (Russian Federation)
Very active in: 80s


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Igor Aleinikov, born in 1962, graduated from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI)
Gleb Aleinikov, born in 1966, graduated from the Moscow Engineering Construction Institute.

The Brothers Igor and Gleb Aleinikov belonged to the first generation of independent filmmakers in the Soviet Union, who no longer worked within the studio system, but founded the 'Parallel Cinema' . In the 80s Aleinikov brothers belonged to school of Moscow conceptualism and took active part in art underground activities, they worked in such genres as mailart, bookart, socart, homeart. Aleinikov brothers started working in official cinema in the late 80s by shooting a short film 'Someone has been here' (1989) and a full-length film 'Tractor Drivers 2' (1992).

Brothers Aleinikov made it into history as founders in 1987 of 'Parallel cinema', an independent alternative to official state filmmaking in the Soviet Union, with experimental underground movies shot on narrow film, such as 'Tractors' (1987), 'I'm frigid, but it doesn't matter' (1987), 'The severe Illness of Men' (1987), 'Postpolitical Cinema' (1988). The aesthetics and ideology of them were absolutely incompatible with the canons common for soviet cinema.

In 1990 the Aleinikov brothers helped to organize screenings of representative works of 'Parallel Cinema' in a number of American cities, including the Anthology Film Archives in New York and The Washington DC Film Festival.

In March 1994 Igor Aleinikov died in a plane accident. A year after Gleb Aleinikov founded the CINE FANTOM Club. The main goal of the Cine Fantom Club is to provide a venue for experiments with new film and video techniques, and to encourage the search for new forms and visual languages in contemporary cinema.

The Cine Fantom Club organizes screenings of Russian and foreign filmmakers, programs of short films that are selected from festivals, works by new artists, video performances, retrospectives of classical and contemporary avant-garde directors, seminars and discussions. Cine Fantom Club programs have been screened at the Grenz Land Filmtage (Selb, 1995), the European Media Art Fest (Osnabruck, 1998), the Cottbus Film Festival (1995).

In January 1999, works of the Cine Fantom Club were screened at the Anthology Film Archives in New York as part of an extensive program, Recent Russian Experimental Films.