Vagrich and The Black Square

Ukraine, USA, 2015, 81 min.


Andrei Zagdansky


Andrei Zagdansky,
Gennady Kofman


Andrei Zagdansky

Rights Holder

MaGiKa Film


Vladimir Guevsky


MaGiKa Film, AZ Films

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.

2016 Les rencontres cinematographiques (France/Spain) – Honorary Mention
Andrei Zagdansky - 1

Andrei Zagdansky

Born in 1965 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Graduated from the Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University. From 1981 to 1988 worked at Kyevnauchfilm production studio. In 1992 he emigrated to the US, where he worked at the American-Russian channel WMNB and lectured in film history at the New School University in New York. He founded the independent film production company AZ Films. His debut work INTERPRETATION OF DREAMS (1990) won the Grand Prix at the 2nd All-Soviet festival of non-feature films and was screened at numerous international festivals. 

Selected filmography

2015 Vagrich and The Black Square