Friday, 13 April 2012

Kira Muratova: Passions - Увлеченья (1994)

Director: Kira Muratova
Stars: Svetlana Kolenda, Renata Litvinova, A. Skarga

Selected in the following festivals :
- Odessa International Film Festival, Odessa (Ukraine), 2010
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2009
- Berlin International Film Festival : Berlinale, Berlin (Germany), 1994

The blonde’s name is Lilia, the brunette’s – Violetta. The girls are fascinated by the horse races. Young racers are attracted to the girls. Sporting intrigues interlace with love affairs. Horses are taking the racers to the finish, and the winner gets it all… The precisely depicted atmosphere of horse races and a whole world of bizarre, touching, idiosyncratic characters are unveiled in one of the best films directed by Kira Muratova, which became classics of the European cinematography. After its premiere in February 1994, “Passions” have received critic and public acclaim at many European film festivals.
The film was awarded with Jury Prize and Critics Prize at Kinotavr (Russia), and with two Nikas (Russian Cinema Academy Prize) – “for the best director” and “as the best of the year”. ...

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