Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Valeri Todorovsky: Land of the Deaf - Страна глухих (1998)

Director:Valeri Todorovskiy
Writers:Yuriy Korotkov, Renata Litvinova (book),
Stars: Chulpan Khamatova, Dina Korzun, Maksim Sukhanov

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Awards :


Best film Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Russia, 1999
Best music Aleksey AIGY , Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Russia, 1999
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Dina KORZUN , Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Russia, 1999
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Maksim SUKHANOV , Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Russia, 1999
Best editing Honfleur Russian Film Festival, France, 1998
Prix du meilleur premier film au Festival de Seatle, 1998



Winner of SIFF’s 1998 New Directors Showcase Competition, Land of the Deaf is a poetic narrative that embodies Moscow in the 1990s, based on the novella To Have and To Belong, by Renata Litvinova. The plot is basic—Yaya (Dina Korzun) works in a nightclub. Rita (Chulpan Khamatova, in her first film role) is running from the men who detained her boyfriend, Alyosha, because of his gambling debts. Yaya distrusts men after being abused by them her entire life, and Rita wants to save Alyosha. The girls hide out a few days together in a Moscow sculptor’s studio where Yaya teaches Rita sign language and they dream about starting a new life together—a “land of the deaf” where no one is cruel. In a rich, post-glasnost Moscow atmosphere, director Todorovsky creates poignant testimonials to the power of love and survival in the capital city’s chaos. “Moscow is more than just a city,” he says. “It's an entire country…a melting pot where kindness and evil, the terrifying and beautiful, crime and inspiration all mix.” A rare chance to see the first work of three talented contemporary Russian women artists: scriptwriter and actress Renata Litvinova (It Doesn't Hurt Me), Dina Korzun (Cold Souls), and Chulpan Khamatova (Luna Papa). ...

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