Friday, 23 April 2010

Vera Glagoleva: "One War" (2009)

Director: Vera Glagoleva
Actors: Aleksandr Baluyev, Natalia Surkov, Michael Dull, Natalia Kudryashova, Xenia Surkov, Julia Melnikova, Fedor Koposov, Anna Nahapetova
Year: 2009

Awards:
2009. - Prize for best male debut on the CF "Constellation" in Tver (Michael Dull).
2009. - Second place (prize "Silver Boat") in the contest "Vyborg Account" at the XVII Champion "Window to Europe" in Vyborg (Vera Glagoleva).
2009. - Grand Prix "The Magnificent Seven MK-up to the audience voting at the VII Moscow festival of national cinema" Moscow Premiere "(Vera Glagoleva).
2009. - Grand Prix at the V Kazan MF Muslim Film (MFMK) "Golden minbar (Natalia Ivanova, Vera Glagoleva).

Among modern films about WWII, Vera Glagoleva’s “One War” stands apart in many ways. Exploring themes that have been a taboo subject for years, the film strikes a very painful and dramatic chord.
May 1945… Five women are serving sentences on a small island on Lake Ladoga in northern Russia, to which they were exiled from occupied territories together with their children, aged from one to three, who were fathered by German soldiers. May 9 brings happy news that the war is over but it also brings sad news that the women will have to go to labor camps and their children will be placed into orphanages. One of the guards has pity for the young mothers. The next morning, he takes them and the kids to the mainland in a fishing boat, hoping to hide them in thick woods. His major, whose family perished in a Nazi death camp, knows about the plot but lets them go, risking being brought before a military tribunal.
The finale offers fragile hope that the women will have at least some chance of a better future. What can be more dreadful for a mother than the prospect of being separated from her child. In orphanages, little kids who could not give their full names were often registered under other names, so chances of being found by their parents after the war were bleak.
Asked by the Voice of Russia correspondent whose opinion she valued most, Vera Glagoleva said:“It was important to show the film to war veterans. They were deeply moved by the story, and their opinion mattered much to me. There were others, for example, one influential movie maker, a woman, who said that it was a controversial film and veterans may not like it. Some say it’s good for schoolchildren to watch this film as it will teach them to sympathize with and be kind to other people. As there are no archive documents confirming the events described in “One War”, the author relied on eye-witness accounts and reminiscences. Yet, the film is surprisingly true-to-life. Vera Glagoleva: “You know, it’s all those little things that make the film look realistic - the bead necklace one of the girls tries on, a powder box – they belong to my aunt. All costumes are real, dating from those times. Some things just came our way, others were bought…”.
“One War” has already scooped many prizes at various film festivals. “It will be shown in Prague soon, and then in Limoges in France, and after that in Canada. And we are also bringing it to Germany. There will be a show in Cologne, on March 13. We have already shown it in Berlin. We travel a lot with this film. I am glad to have an opportunity to communicate with viewers. It’s a great pleasure and it means so much to me.” Vera Glagoleva, an actress and director, about her film “One War”.
Voice of Russia

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