The Long Way Home

Director: Michael Apted

Institute History

  • 1990 Sundance Film Festival


In 1988, after years of official scorn but a thriving reputation on the black market. Boris Grebenshikov. the most famous Soviet underground musician, was allowed to travel, live and record in the West. Michael Apted. director of such films as 28 Up,' Cool Miner's Daughter, and Gorillas In the Mist, picks him up in London, where he has come with his band Aquarium to cut a new album with such all-stars as Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox of the Eurhythmics, Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, Ray Cooper from the Elton John Band, and Siobahan Stewart. ex-Bananarama.

With a particularly sharp eye, Apted looks at the impact of western culture on Boris. his band and their music. Tensions arise in the recording studio; friendships are strained when the group works with other, more accomplished musicians and sophisticated technology. The Long Way Home is, in fact. less about music than it is about the trauma of being a star performer caught up in the international music-making machine-and about how Grebenshikov's "new" music is received, with mixed results, by his hometown friends, family and loyal fans of ten-years standing.

Tuesday, January 23, 4:30 p.m.
Holiday Village Cinema I

Wednesday, January 24. 7:00 p.m.
Holiday Village Cinema III

Sunday. January 28, 8:00 p.m.
Holiday Village Cinema III


— Tony Safford

Screening Details

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