Monday, 21 September 2009

Alexander Proshkin - Miracle - Чудо (2009)

Director: Aleksandr Proshkin
Writer: Yuri Arabov (screenplay)
Stars: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Vitaliy Kishchenko,Polina Kutepova

 
At 31st Moscow International Film Festival Special jury award went to Alexander Proshkin for film “Miracle” - (Чудо).


Set in the year 1959 and based on a true story, The Miracle explores the notion of faith as the Soviet Union emerged from its most totalitarian and paranoid phase. Stalin is not long dead; Nikita Khrushchev has taken power. Tatiana, a young, attractive woman is suddenly frozen to one spot; she clutches the Icon of St Nicholas, is breathing, but otherwise immobile. Attempts by the local KGB officer and others to awaken Tatiana and remove her from where she stands, fail. Rumours of the frozen girl spread to Moscow. The locals believe it is a miracle and this question of faith prompts a political crisis for the Soviet bureaucrats. A cynical Moscow journalist, Nikolai Artemyev (Konstantin Khabenskiy (Admiral) is sent to investigate, while the local priest is threatened with the closure of his church if he preaches the event to be a miracle. Soviet national significance is at stake, and eventually even the General Secretary, Nikita Khrushchev himself, arrives to take charge in an attempt to remove the woman. Directed by Alexander Proshkin (The Captains Daughter) The Miracle explores a time when the only faith tolerated was faith in the Communist Party. A "captivating and powerful film…a film which delivered on its ultimate aim of capturing the viewers' subconscious," said Russian playwright, Pyotr Gladilin.


Miracle (2009)

Biography
Alexander Proshkin was born on March 25, in 1940 in Leningrad.
In 1961, he graduated from the Actor Faculty of Leningrad State Institute of Theater, Music and Cinema, where he studied the course of Boris Zon. From 1961 to 1966, Alexander Proshkin was an actor at Leningrad Comedy Theater. In 1968 he graduated from the director courses with the USSR State Television.
For many years he worked as a director in the main editorial office of the literary and dramatic programs on Central Television, and then at the TV association «Ekran». In 1986, his biographical TV film «Mikhail Lomonosov» brought him All-Union fame, even though earlier, in 1981, Alexander Proshkin made a very interesting film «Dangerous Age» with Alice Freindlikh and Juozas Budraytis in leading roles. In 1988 his movie «Cold Summer ,1953» with Anatoly Papanov and Valery Priemyhov in the leading roles received professional awards, as well as the USSR State Prize (1989).



In 1999, the director shot the film «Russian Revolt» based on Alexander Pushkin’s story «Captain's Daughter».

In 2005, Alexander Proshkin shot 11-part television «Doctor Zhivago». In 2008 he made a screen version of V. Rasputin’s story "Live and Remember".