Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Sergei Solovyev: Anna Karenina - Анна Каренина (2008)

Director:
Sergey Solovev
Cast: Tatyana Drubich, Yaroslav Boyko, Oleg Yankovskiy


Tatyana Drubich


In terms of the sheer number of cinematic adaptations, Anna Karenina ranks close behind Shakespeare’s Othello: by my count, it has twenty four screen incarnations, a vast majority of them produced in the US and UK, dating from 1910 to Sergei Solov’ev’s most recent venture, a television mini-series fused into full-length feature. This history, together with the fact that the version reviewed here is the English-language one intended for worldwide distribution, makes it impossible to map the film in easy terms of fidelity and tradition. As Christian Metz asserted as early as 1977, evaluating an adaptation against a literary “original” is a meaningless exercise devoted to clashing phantasms in the reader’s or viewer’s imaginations; Robert Stam, more recently, demonstrates that it obscures the rich dialogic set of relations between the literary and film medium (Metz 12; Stam 55)....

Reviewed by Anindita Banerjee © 2009 in KinoKultura

Monday, 24 May 2010

Soviet "Godfather of Star Wars"

One of the movers and shakers of the sci-fi genre, Soviet filmmaker Pavel Klushantsev is often referred to as the “Godfather of Star Wars”.
The director of the 1958 film “Road to the Stars” and 1962’s “Planet of Storms” prompted Stanley Kubrick to shoot “2001: Space Odyssey”, which subsequently inspired Georges Lucas to create his famous fantasy space opera.
Lucas believed the secret to film is that it is an illusion – a flight of fancy.
As a special-effects pioneer, Klushantsev had the talent of turning illusions into powerful works of cinematic art, cutting through time and space with unparalleled creativity, authenticity and style.
Klushantsev created a number of breakthrough special effects – according to film buffs, around 300 techniques – and shooting methods, including the so-called “fluorescent shooting” which enabled him to film objects “hanging in the air” in a film studio, by using special paint and light, creating an optical illusion of virtual realities of outer space. ...

Road to the Stars, (1958)



Directed by : Pavel KLUSHANTSEV
Writing credits : Boris LYAPUNOV, Vasili SOLOVYEV
Cast Grigori SOLOVYOV
Cinematography : Mikhail GALPER
Companies : Lennauchfilm

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Larisa Shepitko: Wings - Крылья (1966)

Wings (1966)

Director: Larisa Shepitko
Script: Valentin Ezhov. Natalya Ryazantseva.
Cast: Maya Bulgakov, Sergei Nikonenko, Zhanna Bolotova, Pantelejmon Krymov, Leonid Dyachkov

Of all the dazzlingly talented filmmakers to emerge from the Soviet Union, Larisa Shepitko has remained one of the least widely known. While many of her film school contemporaries, including Andrei Tarkovsky, Sergei Parajanov, and her eventual husband Elem Klimov, went on to international renown, Shepitko has remained under the radar—even though at the height of her career she was on the verge of breaking through to the same kind of acclaim as her much better-remembered compatriots. Sadly, that career ended at the moment of her ascendance, when she was killed in a car crash outside of Leningrad at the age of forty, leaving behind a child, a husband to keep alive her legacy, and a brilliant, if small, body of work, comprising just four feature films.

Wings (1966)

Shepitko was born in Ukraine in 1938. When she was still very young, her father, a Persian officer, divorced her schoolteacher mother, leaving her to raise three children on her own. Following this early abandonment (which seems to have inflected her work, often dealing with loneliness or isolation), Shepitko moved at age sixteen to Moscow, where she eventually entered the famed All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography. Though at the time the Soviet film industry was still in a post–World War II downturn, soon enough Shepitko found herself part of a new generation of young filmmakers artistically encouraged by the freer atmosphere of Khrushchev’s thaw. Even more auspiciously, she came under the tutelage of one of the nation’s greatest film artists, seminal Soviet director Alexander Dovzhenko.

Dovzhenko was also from Ukraine, and Shepitko felt a kinship with him both in his celebration of their shared folk heritage and in his austerely poetic and social-realist imagery; Shepitko always maintained that he was her greatest influence. Her graduation film, Heat (1963), shows his impression, both in its parched agricultural setting and its spare, naturalistic style, and was famous for its arduous shoot amid the punishing conditions of its Kazakh steppe locations. Yet it was Shepitko’s first feature after graduation, 1966’s penetrating character study Wings, that truly announced a visionary new talent.

Wings (1966)

Starring beloved character actress Maya Bulgakova as a World War II fighter pilot turned headmistress, Wings heartrendingly brings to light the inner life of a forty-two-year-old woman who must reconcile remembrance of her illustrious past with her drab present reality. Shepitko brilliantly expresses this by contrasting her character’s stifling quotidian experiences, marked by claustrophobic interiors and tight compositions, with heavenly, expansive shots of sky and clouds, representing the freedom and exhilaration of her flying days, and Bulgakova effortlessly inhabits this stern but reasonable woman with empathy and surprising humor. The primary tone of Wings is one of ambivalence—about Russia’s Stalinist past and unsure future—and though it may seem surprising today, the film sparked much public debate, both for acknowledging a generation gap and for painting a war hero as a forgotten, lost soul. Still, Wings remains most effective as a finely detailed portrait of a woman looking back wistfully, made by another woman, full of promise, just looking ahead. >>>

Friday, 21 May 2010

Basil Pichul: Little Vera - Маленькая Вера (1988)


drama
Director: Basil Pichul
Scenario: Maria Khmelikov
Operator: Reznikov
Cast: Natalya Negoda (Vera) Andrei Sokolov (Sergey) Yuri Nazarov (Father) Lyudmila Zaitseva (Mother) Alexander Alexeyev, Negreba (Victor)

54,9 million viewers

This metaphorical film, made in the waning years of the Soviet Union, is about the rebellious daughter in a dysfunctional family set against the backdrop of a society coming apart. If even only 10% of the grimness of Soviet Life is captured here, it's easy to see why Gorbachev was trying to reform his country, and why the Soviet Union came to an unceremonious end several years later.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Bondarchuk to Film 3D Stalingrad

Fyodor Bondarchuk is going to make movie Stalingrad in 3D format. Art Pictures Company is already negotiating about cooperation with Vince Pace, the director of photography of Avatar.
Stalingrad will be filmed in an epic genre, with the budget to make 30 million dollars. It is going to be a joint production with one of the big foreign studios. Besides, Art Pictures carries on negotiations with the German actor Til Schweiger. No matter if Schweiger plays in the film or not, his company Barefoot Films is interested to become a German co-producer.
Earlier it was reported that the film would be released in 2012 to mark the 70th anniversary since the beginning of the decisive Stalingrad Battle.
Russia-InfoCentre

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Andrei Konchalovsky: Gloss - Глянец (2007)

Director: Andrei Konchalovsky
Writers: Andrei Konchalovsky, Avdotya (Dunya) Smirnova
Operator: Maria Solovieva
Composer: Boris Frumkin
Artist: Catherine Zaletaeva
Producer: Andrei Konchalovsky
Year: 2007
Premiere: August 23, 2007

Actors: Julia Vysotskaya, Irina Rozanova, Alexander Domogarov, Efim Shifrin, Alexei Serebryakov, Gennady Smirnov, Ilya Isaev, Olga Miloyanina, Olga Arntgolts, Tatyana Arntgolts, Andrei Noskov, Alexander Ilyin, Artem Troitsky, Jela Sanko, Juris Lautsinsh, Oleg Komarov (II), Alexei Grishin, Michael Politseymako, Masha Konchalovskaya

Website: glyanec.ru

Monday, 17 May 2010

Turin to honor Vitali Kanevsky

The 28th edition of the Turin Film Festival will honor Russian director Vitali Kanevsky along side the already announced tribute to John Huston, organizers said Monday.
Officials from the Nov. 26-Dec. 4 northern Italian festival said the homage would include a complete retrospective of the 75 year-old director's films and documentaries.
Kanevsky is not a prolific director -- he has made just five films since launching his career in 2001. But he has made an impact with the films he has made: his bleak Siberian drama 'Zamri, umri, voskresni' (Freeze, Die, Come to Life) won the Golden Camera in Cannes and the European Film Award in 1990, and 'Samostoyatelnaya zhizn' (An Independent Life) screened in competition in Berlin and then won the Jury Prize in Cannes two years later.
Hollywood Reporter

Un mensonge que dit la verité...
The complex use of setting in Vitali Kanevsky's films Zamri, umri, voskresni!
and Samostoiatel'naia zhizn' by Niobe Thompson here.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Alexander Zarkhi: Twenty Six Days From the Life of Dostoyevsky - Двадцать шесть дней из жизни Достоевского (1980)

Twenty-six days in the life of Dostoevsky (1980)

Director: Alexander Zarkhi
Actors: Yevgeniya Simonova, Anatoly (Otto) Solonitsyn, Eva Shikulska, Eugene Dvorzhetsky, Nikolay Denisov (II), Yuri Katin-Yartsev

Twenty-six days in the life of Dostoevsky (1980)

Twenty-Six Days in the Life of Dostoyevsky was entered on February 16th at the 1981 Berlin Film Festival to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Dostoyevsky's death on February 9th, 1881, and won a "Best Actor" award for Anatoly Solonitsyn as Dostoyevsky.

Twenty-six days in the life of Dostoevsky (1980)

Awards
Silver Bear for Best Actor - Anatoli Solonitsin - 1981 Berlin International Film Festival;
Nomination of Alexander Zarkhi Award Golden Bear at Berlin Film Festival in 1981;
Special award for Best Director Alexander Zarkhi at the International Film Festival 1983 in Guayaquil (Ecuador).

Fyodor meets Anna:

Friday, 14 May 2010

Georgi Daneliya: Mimino - Мимино (1977)

Director: Georgi Daneliya
Country: Soviet Union
Genre: Comedy
Year: 1977

Actors: Vakhtang Kikabidze (as Valentin Mizandari (Mimino) (as Buba Kikabidze)), Frunzik Mkrtchyan (as Rubik Khachikyan), Yelena Proklova (as Larisa Ivanovna), Yevgeni Leonov (as Ivan Volokhov (Vano)), Ruslan Miqaberidze, Zakro Sakhvadze, Marina Dyuzheva (as Mimino's lawyer), Archil Gomiashvili (as Nugzar Papishvili), Valentina Titova (as Opera singer's wife)

This is one of the BEST and MOST POPULAR Soviet Comedies ever!


Thursday, 13 May 2010

Mark Donskoy: Rainbow - Радуга (1944)

Directed by : Mark DONSKOY (Марк ДОНСКОЙ)
Writing credits : Vanda VASILEVSKAIA (Ванда ВАСИЛЕВСКАЯ)
Based on Vanda VASSILEVSKAÏA's novel of the same name.
Cast
Nina ALISOVA (Нина АЛИСОВА) ...Poussia
Nikolay BRATERSKY (Николай БРАТЕРСКИЙ)
Anton DUNAISKY (Антон ДУНАЙСКИЙ) ...Le père Okhabko
Valentina IVASHEVA (Валентина ИВАШЕВА) ...Olga
Gans KLERING (Ганс КЛЕРИНГ) ...Kurt Werner
Alik LETICHEVSKY (Алик ЛЕТИЧЕВСКИЙ)
Nina LY (Нина ЛИ)
Anna LISIANSKAYA (Анна ЛИСЯНСКАЯ) ...Mlioutchikha
Natalya UZHVY (Наталия УЖВИЙ) ...Olena Kostiouk
Emma PERELSHTEIN (Эмма ПЕРЕЛЬШТЕЙН)
Vova PONOMAREV (Вова ПОНОМАРЕВ)
Vladimir CHOBUR (Владимир ЧОБУР)
Yelena TIAPKINA (Елена ТЯПКИНА) ...Tiedossia
Vitia VINOGRADOV (Витя ВИНОГРАДОВ)



Mark Donskoy, the Russian filmmaker whose fame rests upon his brilliant "Gorky Trilogy" of the late 1930s, came up with another artistic triumph in 1944's Rainbow (originally Raduga). With understandable creative rage, Donskoy depicts life in a Nazi-occupied village at the beginning of World War 2. The German conquerors are above nothing, not even the slaughter of small children, to break the spirit of their Soviet captives. Suffering more than most is Olga (Nataliya Uzhviy), a Russian partisan who returns to the village to bear her child, only to endure the cruelest of arbitrary tortures at the hands of the Nazis. Eventually, the villagers rise up against their oppressors-but unexpectedly do not wipe them out, electing instead to force the surviving Nazis to stand trial for their atrocities in a postwar "people's court." (It is also implied that those who collaborated with the Germans will be dealt with in the same evenhanded fashion). Brilliantly acted by virtually everyone in the cast, Rainbow is a remarkable achievement, one that deserves to be better known outside of Russia. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide.

Festivals and awards
  • 1970 International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary
  • Spec. (diploma Mark Donskoy)
  • 1946 Stalin Prize
  • I degree (Nina Alisova)
  • 1944 American Association of Film Critics
  • Extra prize (Mark Donskoy)
  • 1944 Award of the newspaper "Daily News"
  • For the best foreign film, demontrirovavshiysya in the United States in 1944 (Mark Donskoy)
  • 1944 Stalin Prize
  • I degree (Mark Donskoy)
  • 1944 Stalin Prize
  • I degree (Natalia Uzhviy)

Vladimir Mirzoev: The Man Who Knew Everything - Человек, который знал всё (2009)

Egor Beroev as Alexander Bezukladnikov
The film type: a full-length feature film
Genre: Drama / Fantasy / Mystery
Production: film company LEAN-M
Production stage: production is complete
Duration: 118 minutes
Nota Bene: based on the famous novel by Igor Sakhnovsky, which made it to short list of the National Big Book Award and The Russian Booker Award

Producer: Timur Weinstein, Oleg Osipov
Screenplay: Igor Sakhnovsky, Vladimir Mirzoev
Director: Vladimir Mirzoev
Director of Photography: Sergey Machilskiy
Music: Second Hand Band
Cast: Egor Beroev, Ekaterina Guseva, Maxim Sukhanov, Andrey Tashkov, Egor Pazenko, Alexey Zavjalov and others


Official site: www.lean-m.ru/projects/manwhoknew

Monday, 10 May 2010

Vladimir Motyl: The Captivating Star of Happiness - Звезда пленительного счастья (1975)

 Звезда пленительного счастья (1975)

Director: Vladimir Motyl
Writers: Mark Zakharov, Vladimir Motyl, Oleg Ossetia
Cast: Irina Kupchenko, Alexei Batalov, Natalya Bondarchuk, Oleg Strizhenov, Ewa Shikulska, Igor Kostolevsky, Lev Ivanov, Raisa Kurkina, Tatiana Pankov,


 Звезда пленительного счастья (1975)

The Captivating Star of Happiness", an inspiring historical drama is about the 1825 uprising in Russia, when young military officers opposed the newly ascended Czar Nicholas I. Some of them were executed and some sent to Siberia. The film depicts the drama of the wives of those officers. These women abandoned their luxurious lifestyles to follow their husbands, choosing against the aristocracy in favor of a life that put their bodies, minds, and spirits to the test.

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Nikolai Khomeriki:Tale in the Darkness - Сказка про темноту (2009)

Director: Nikolai Khomeriki
Writers: Aleksandr Rodionov, Nikolai Khomeriki
Starring: Alisa Khazanova, Boris Kamorzin, Yuri Safarov, Larisa Belobrova,
Aleksandr Doluda

Film "Tale of darkness" - Participant of the program "Un Certain Regard" 62th Cannes International Film Festival 2009
Best Actor (Boris Kamorzin) Kinotavr 2009
Film-party program "Cinema Russia» Pacific Meridian 2009

Premiering at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 2009, Tale in the Darkness had its Russian debut at Kinotavr, where Boris Kamorzin won Best Actor for the role of Dymich. Later that year it competed for the Grand Prize at the “Sputnik over Poland” Festival of Russian Cinema in Warsaw. Nikolai Khomeriki calls his films neformatnye (inconsistent with traditional genre formats) and Tale in the Darkness is a good example. As its title suggests, Tale relies on fairytale elements and characteristics, albeit in desolate, post-Soviet form. In many ways, Khomeriki’s second full-length film is an optimistic response to the chernukha tradition with which it is so often compared. Despite the film’s visual bleakness, it turns around the axes of love, hope, and language. These elements appear in inverted or disguised form, however, complicating an otherwise straightforward quest for love and family.

A Tale in the Darkness reviewed by Christina Stojanova
Tale in the Darkness is Nikolai Khomeriki’s second feature film, following his debut 977, which was shown in the “Certain Regard” program at Cannes IFF in 2006. The film subsequently received the “Golden Boat” award in Vyborg (“Window on Europe”) and the Yul Brunner Prize in Vladivostok, as well as a Special Jury Prize in Angers. A graduate from Moscow State University and from the Higher Courses for Scriptwriters and Directors, Khomeriki studied at the National Film School “La FEMIS” in France from 2001-2005, he also worked as assistant for Philippe Garrel on Regular Lovers (Les Amants Réguliers, 2005 ) and for Leos Carax on Scars, 2006. This French connection would seem to have also helped his new film to be selected once again for the “Certain Regard” in 2009.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Mosfilm Launches Online Movie Theater

In a bid to fight piracy, Mosfilm, the leading state-owned film studio, launched an online service Wednesday, set to offer 2,500 classic movies for free or for a small fee.
The service, accessible at http://cinema.mosfilm.ru, is in test mode, scheduled to become fully operational “in a few days.” The site has an English version, making it available to users worldwide.
The current catalogue, set to expand, offers 142 movies produced at Mosfilm over the course of its 85-year history, including Andrei Tarkovsky's “Ivan's Childhood” and “Stalker” and Nikita Mikhalkov's “An Unfinished Piece for a Player Piano.”
The movies are screened for free on a daily timetable and can be either watched online for 25 rubles (90 cents) or downloaded for 65 rubles ($2.20) the rest of the time. Only the free screening option is presently available.
The Moscow Times

Larisa Sadilova: Sonny - Сынок (2009)

Sonny, Russia, 2009
Color, 96 minutes
Director: Larisa Sadilova
Script: Larisa Sadilova
Cinematography: Dmitri Mishin
Cast: Viktor Sukhorukov, Oleg Frolenkov, Oleg Bokhan, Evgeniia Simonova, Kseniia Surkova, Iurii Kiselev, Aleksandr Isaev
Producer: Rustem Akhadov
Production Company: Arsi Film Production

Awards:
Sonny played at the 2009 Kinotavr film festival, garnered the editors’ choice award as well as best actor award for Sukhorukov at the 2009 Moscow Premiere film festival, and the prize for best scenario at the 2009 “Golden Phoenix” festival in Smolensk.

Reviewed by Jasmijn Van Gorp © 2010 in KinoKultura
In 2003 we witnessed a series of highly acclaimed Russian films exploring father-son relationships. The sons in Zviagintsev’s The Return (Vozvrashchenie) are desparately looking for any affection from their father, to no avail. In Khlebnikov and Popogrebskii’s Koktebel, father and son leave town for the provinces, trying to build a new life after the mother ’s death. On the road, they get to know each other better. In the third film, Sokurov’s Father and Son (Otets i syn), an absent mother leads to overly affective, quasi-homo erotic behavior on the part of the father towards his adolescent son. While Sadilova’s new film Sonny also tackles a dysfunctional father-son relationship, it ultimately takes a different stance. While the 2003 films are about the struggle with an authoritative father, Sonny deals primarily with an absent mother. ...

Yakov Protazanov: Aelita - Аэлита (1924)

Aelita: Queen of Mars, review by Lisa K. Broad


One of the most famous sci-fi feature based upon a novel by Aleksei Tolstoy.
In the early years of the Bolshevik Revolution, a young engineer named Loss and his new wife, Natasha, participate in rebuilding Russia after the devastation of World War I.
Silent Movie
Science Fiction
Cast: Yulia Solntseva, Igor Ilyinsky, Nikolai Tsereteli

Monday, 3 May 2010

Konstantin Lopushansky: Letters to the dead man - Письма мертвого человека (1986)

Directed by: Konstantin LOPUSHANSKY (Konstantin Lopushansky)
Writing credits: Konstantin LOPUSHANSKY (Konstantin Lopushansky) Viacheslav RYBAKOV (Vyacheslav Rybakov) Boris STRUGALSKY (Boris Strugatsky)

Cast
Rolan BYKOV (Rolan Bykov)
Vatslav DVORZHETSKY (Vaclav Dvorzhetsky)
Nora GRYAKALOVA (Nora GRYAKALOVA)
Vera MAYOROVA (Vera Majorova)
Viktor MIKHAILOV (2) (Viktor Mikhailov (2))
Iosif RYKLIN (Joseph Ryklin)
Aleksandr SABININE (Alexander Sabinin)
Svetlana SMIRNOVA (Svetlana Smirnova)

Cinematography: Nikolay POKOPSEV (Nikolai POKOPTSEV)
Production design: Yelena AMSHINSKAYA (Elena AMSHINSKAYA) Viktor IVANOV (Victor John)
Music: Aleksandr ZHURBIN (Alexander Zhurbin)
Companies: Lenfilm
Release date in Russia: 29/05/1986

Awards :
Grand prix au Festival de Manheim, 1986
Prix de la FIPRESCI à Manheim, 1986
Prix au Festival des films expérimentaux à Madrid, 1987
Prix du meilleur premier film au festival de Moscou, 1987

Konstantin Lopushansky, Biography and Filmography

Andrey Tarkovsky’s disciple, consistently realizing his master’s spiritual and aesthetic principles in his own creations, Konstantin Lopushansky is one of the few Russian film directors whose works can be referred to the notion of “author’s cinematography”. He challenges most complicated artistic tasks in his films, each of them being the evidence of painstaking intellectual work and deep personal emotional experience.
Konstatnin Sergeyevich Lopushansky was born on June 12, 1974 in the city of Dnepropetrovsk. In 1970 he graduated from Kazan conservatoire as a violinist, and in 1973 he completed a postgraduate course in Leningrad conservatoire with a Ph.D. thesis in art criticism. Then Konstantin Lopushansky taught at the Kazan and Leningrad conservatories for several years, before taking the Higher Courses for Scriptwriters and Film Directors. Upon graduating the courses in 1979 he assisted Andrey Tarkovsky in directing the legendary film Stalker. Since 1980 Lopushansky has worked as a production director at the Lenfilm cinema studio. ...

Filmography
Director
2006 - Ugly Swans (The Ugly Swans) [fiction, 105 mn]
1994 - Russian Symphony (Russian Symphony) [fiction, 115 mn]
1989 - The Museum Visitor (Visitors to the museum) [fiction, 136 mn]
1986 - Letters of a Dead Man (Letters to the dead man) [fiction, 88 mn]
1980 - Solo (Solo) [fiction, 29 mn]

Writer
2006 - Ugly Swans (The Ugly Swans) [fiction, 105 mn]
1994 - Russian Symphony (Russian Symphony) [fiction, 115 mn]
1989 - The Museum Visitor (Visitors to the museum) [fiction, 136 mn]
1986 - Letters of a Dead Man (Letters to the dead man) [fiction, 88 mn]

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Aleksandr Rou: Vasilisa the Beautiful - Василиса Прескрасная (1939)

Directed by: Aleksandr ROU (Alexander DOC)
Writing credits: Vladimir SHVEITSER (Vladimir Schweitzer) G. VLADYCHINA (G. VLADYCHINA)

Cast
Mariya BARABANOBA (Maria Drum) ... La sonneuse de cloches
Tatyana BARYSHEVA (Tatiana Barysheva) ... La mère de Malania
Nikita KONDRATIEV (Nikita KONDRATYEV) ... Anton, fils aîné
Georgi MILLIAR (George Millyar) ... Baba Yaga, le père, le joueur de gusli
Lev POTEMKIN (Lev Potemkin) ... Agafon, fils cadet
V. SOROGOZHSKAIA (V. SOROGOZHSKAYA) ... Vassilissa la belle
Lidia SUKHAREVSKAIA (Lydia Sukharevskaya) ... Belendriasa, fille de Dvorianskaïa
Sergei STOLYAROV (Sergei Stolyarov) ... Ivan, fils benjamin
Irina ZARUBINA (Irina ZARUBINO) ... Malania, fille du marchand

Cinematography: Ivan GORCHILIN (Ivan GORCHILIN)
Production design: Vladimir YEGOROV (Vladimir Yegorov)
Music: Leonid POLOVINKIN (Leonid Polovinkin)
Sound: Nikolay OZORNOV (Nicholas Naughty)
Editing: Ksenia BLINOVA (Xenia Blinov)
Companies: Soyouzdetfilm

The film is based on a popular Russian folk tale.

Aleksei Uchitel', Dreaming of Space - Космос как предчувствие (2005)


Color, 90 minutes
Director: Aleksei Uchitel'
Screenplay: Aleksandr Mindadze
Cinematography: Iurii Klimenko
Cast: Evgenii Mironov, Irina Pegova, Evgenii Tsyganov, Elena Liadova
Producer: Aleksei Uchitel'
Production: Rock Film Studio

Awards:
2005. - Award "Nika" for Best Actor (Yevgeny Mironov).

2005. - Award "Nika" for best cinematography (Yuri Klimenko).

2005. - Prize "Golden Eagle" for Best Director (Alexey Uchitel).

2005. - Prize "Golden Eagle" for Best Screenplay (Alexander Mindadze).

2005. - Prize "Golden Ram for Best Actor (Yevgeny Mironov).

2005. - Prize "Golden Aries" for Best Screenplay (Alexander Mindadze).

2005. - Grand Prize "Golden George" for best film at MIFF (Alexey Uchitel).

2005. - Prize "Bronze Horseman" for Best Director at the Competition Professional Awards Lenfilm Studio (Alexey Uchitel).

Aleksei Uchitel'’s Dreaming of Space, which won the prize for Best Film―the Golden St. George―at the Moscow International Film Festival in 2005, provides yet another recreation of the Soviet past. But thanks in no small measure to Aleksandr Mindadze’s script, this film is no exercise in nostalgia nor does it present a conventional expose of the evils of the Stalin era. Though there are some somewhat understated instances of repression in it, the critique is conducted at a more philosophical level, one hinted at in the title, which in a more literal (and better) translation would be “Space As Presentiment.”
Review by Katerina Clark, Yale University in KinoKultura