Monday, 27 February 2012

Stanislav Rostotsky: White Bim the Black Ear - Белый Бим Чёрное ухо (1977)

Director: Stanislav Rostotsky
Writers: Stanislav Rostotsky, Gavriil Troyepolsky (book)
Stars: Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Valentina Vladimirova,Mikhail Dadyko

Russia's popular actor Vyacheslav Tikhonov plays Ivan Ivanovich, an ill and aging World War II veteran, who comes into possession of an eager and lovable puppy, whom he calls Bim. Because Bim has a black ear, which is not part of his breed's accepted physical conformation, Ivan is unable to obtain a pedigree certificate for him, a fact which causes him endless trouble. Though most of his neighbors are too feeble to be concerned, a few of them hypocritically criticize any deviation from "correctness," including Ivan's dog, his boon companion. Bim is, in fact, Ivan's only close friend. Bim wins friends in Ivan's housing project when the dog alerts neighbors to illegal activities by those same obnoxious hypocrites. ...

* Grand Prize ex aequo at the Karlovy Vary IFF, 1978.
* Oscar nomination for Best Foreign-Language Film, 1978.

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