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1115 KARAUL (THE GUARDS)

1989, 103 min., color, ”Ladoga”

Drama

Director: Alexander Rogozhkin, screenplay: Ivan Loschilin, camera: Valery Martynov, production designer: Alexander Zagoskin, sound: Nikolai Astakhov

Cast: Alexei Buldakov, Sergei Kupriyanov, Alexei Poluyan, Alexander Smirnov, Taras Denisenko, Renat Ibragimov, Dmitry Iosifov, Valery Kravchenko, Vasily Domrachyev, Alexei Zaitsev

Soldiers of the Home Troops are guarding trains transporting prisoners to their destinations. The oppressive atmosphere, enhanced by the contacts with the “zeks”, makes the soldiers follow the camp laws...



  • The film was awarded the Alfred Bauer’s Premium and the FIPRESSI Premium at the International Film Festival in West Berlin, the German Federal Republic (1990).

1116 KOMA (THE COMA)

1989, 68 min., color, “Ladoga”

Drama

Directors: Niyole Adomenaite, Boris Gorlov, screenplay: Nijole Adomenaite, camera: Yuri Makusinski with input from Mikhail Konovalchuk, production designer: Yuri Vorontsov, misic: Algirdas Paulavichius, sound: Leonid Shumyacher

Cast: Nataliya Nikulenko, Alexander Bashurov, Oleg Krutikov, Olga Torban, Tatyana Yegorova, Alexander Zavyalov, Galina Ulanova

The picture is set in a reformatory labor camp in the North.

Maria was arrested after a student party where she read verse by Tsevetayeva.

To save the life of the baby born in the camp, she is forced to inform against the man she loves...



1117 KONCHINA (THE END)

1989, 3 parts, 228 min., color

Drama

Director: Nikolai Koshelev, screenplay: Alexander Getman, camera: Valery Mironov, production designer: Mikhail Suzdalov, misic: Igor Tsvetkov, sound: Harry Belenki

Cast: Nikolai Lavrov, Vladimir Gostiukhin, Vladimir Yemelyanov, Valery Zakharov, Alexander Susnin, Herman Kolushkin, Anatoly Azo, Niele Ozhelite, Pyotr Semak

Loosely based on a story of the same title by Vladimir Tendryakov.

Life stories of two residents of the same village who tried, each in his own way, to establish a “collective farm paradise” in their village. The picture is set in the 1920-s — 1950-s.

1118 LICHNOYE DELO ANNY AKHMATOVOY (ANNA AKHMATOVA'S PERSONAL FILE)

1989, 66 min., color

Biographical documentary

Director: Semyon Aranovich, screenplay: Semyon Aranovich, Yelena Ignatova, camera: Vladimir Myulgaut, Arkadi Reisenthul, Anatoly Shafran, Lyudmila Krasnova, Vadim Ilyin, Alexander Gorkov, Stanislav Okhapkin, production designer: Vladimir Solovyev, misic: Sophya Gubaidulina, Alexander Kneifel, sound: Galina Gorbonosova

The film is dedicated to Anna Akhmatova's 100th birthday anniversary.

The film presents verse by Anna Akhmatova recited by the author. A special place has been given to the reminiscences of Lidiya Chukovskaya.

1119 MUZYKALNIYE IGRY (THE MUSICAL GAMES)

1989, 66 min., color, “Ladoga”

Musical

Director: Vitaly Aksyenov, screenplay: Vitaly Aksyenov, Sergei Kuriokhin, camera: Igor Plaksin, production designer: Natalya Kochergina, misic: Igor Kornelyuk, sound: Alexander Sysolyatin

Cast: Jan Smelyanski, Grigory Traugot, Anatoly Slivnikov, Yevgeny Tilicheyev, Semyon Furman, Gennadi Timchenko, Tatyana Kolesnikova, Leonid Tikhomirov, Alexander Petrov, Edita Pyekha, Andrei Voznesenski, Boris Shtokov

A revue involving variety show stars: “Avgust” Group, etc.



1120 NECHISTAYA SILA (THE EVIL SPIIRITS)

1989, 2 parts, 134 min., color, “Troitsky Most”

Modern fairy tale

Written and directed by: Ernest Yasan, camera: Ivan Bagayev, production designer: Stanislav Romanovski, misic: Edward Artemyev, sound: Galina Golubeva

Cast: Pavel Andreyev, Rimma Markova, Roman Kartsev, Viktor Grigoriuk, Anatoly Slivnikov, Irina Brazgovka, Olga Kabo, Vladimir Shevelkov

Ivan Denisov, Junior Researcher with the Forest Research Institute, is dispatched to participate in the collective mushroom harvesting.

In the forest he encounters a queer old woman who makes him a gift of a little silver horn and a magic club... and after some time, he finds himself in prison, charged with turning out counterfeit money...

1121 ONO (IT)

1989, 124 min., color, “Ladoga”

Satirical phantasmagoria

Written and directed by: Sergei Ovcharov, camera: Valery Fedosov, production designer: Natalya Vasilyeva, misic: Sergei Kuriokhin, sound: Konstantin Zarin

Cast: Natalya Gundareva, Svetlana Kryuchkova, Yelena Sanayeva, Margarita Terekhova, Rolan Bykov, Yuri Demich, Leonid Kuravlyev, Rodion Nakhapetov, Oleg Tabakov, Oleg Shtefanko, Irina Mazurkevich, Alexander Galibin, Viktor Tsoy

Based on literary works by Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin.

The picture features on the history of the district city Glupov from the turn of the century to the possible future...

1122 POSVYASCHENNY (THE INITIATED)

1989, 127 min., color, “Troitski Most”

Phantasmagoria

Director: Oleg Teptsov, screenplay: Yuri Arabov, camera: Valery Myulgaut, production designer: Pavel Parkhomenko, misic: Sergei Kuriokhin, sound: Alexander Gruzdev

Cast: Gor Oganisyan, Lyubov Polischuk, Alexander Trofimov, Yelena Bragina, Gabriel Vorobyev, Vladimir Simonov, Olga Samoshina, Yelena Drapeko, Sergei Makovetski, Alisa Fomina, David Oganisyan

A young man comes to possess a puzzling, queer gift: an ability to judge and punish people by the force of his own spirit, — never to make use of his gift...



1123 POSETITEL MUSEYA (THE MUSEUM VISITOR)

1989, 136 min., color, “Troitsky Most”

Anti-utopia

Written and directed by: Konstantin Lopushanski, camera: Nikolai Pokoptsev, production designer: Valery Yurkevich, misic: Alfred Schnitke, Viktor Kisin, sound: Leonid Gavrichenko

Cast: Viktor Mikhailov, Vera Mayorova, Vadim Lobanov, Irina Rakshina, Alexander Rasinski, Joseph Ryklin, Vladimir Firsov

The environmental disaster has struck. It is the last act and the logical ending of the age-old relationship of Man and Nature, built on insatiable consumptionism and thoughtless waste.

The main character is one of the few survivors retaining his human aspect and manner of thought...

The “visitor” has come to atone the humanity's guilt...



  • The film was awarded the Grand Prix of the International Film Festival in Madrid, Spain (1990).

  • The film director Konstantin Lopushanski was awarded the Prize for the Best Film Director’s Work at the International Film Festival in Madrid, Spain (1990).

  • The director of photography Nikolai Pokoptsev was awarded the Prize for the Best Operator’s Work at the International Film Festival in Madrid, Spain (1990).

1124 RYTSARI PODNEBESYA (THE NIGHTS OF THE SKIES)

1989, 22 min., b/w, “Ladoga”

Phantasmagoria

Written and directed by: Yevgeny Yufit, camera: Alexander Burov, production designer: Yevgeny Yufit, sound: Vladimir Persov

Cast: Alexander Inikiyenko, Sergei Chernov, Igor Bezrukov, Yelena Bogdanova

1125 RYCHAGI (THE LEVERS)

1989, 31 min., color, “Mosfilm”, “Lenfilm”, ”Ladoga”

Satirical drama

Director: Valery Naumov, screenplay: Viktor Petrov, camera: Anatoly Lapshov, production designer: Vladimir Svetozarov, sound: Leonid Izakov

Cast: Viktor Gorkov, Sergei Russkin, Viktor Khozyainov, Alexei Mikhailin, Andrei Andreyev, Marina Pavlikova, Tamara Timofeyeva, Semyen Furman

Based on a short story of the same title by Alexander Yashin.

On the eve of the 20-th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, the collective farmers about to go into a meeting in the village club are openly discussing their hard life. The meeting begins — and the people turn into “Party levers”...

1126 SIRANO DE BERZHERAK (CYRANO DE BERGERAC)

1989, 90 min., color, wide screen, wide format

Musical

Director: Naum Bierman, screenplay: Alexander Volodin, camera: Heinrich Marandzhyan, production designers: Stanislav Romanovski, Yelizaveta Urlina, misic: Isaac Schwarz, sound: Natalya Levitina

Cast: Grigory Glady, Olga Kabo, Andrei Podoshyan, Valery Ivchenko, Viktor Stepanov, Sergei Migitsko, Mikhail Svetin, Irina Gubanova, Sergei Bekhterev, Igor Dmitriyev

Based on a play of the same title by Edmond Rostand.



1127 SLUCHAYNY VALS (A CASUAL WALTZ)

1989, 96 min., color, “Troitsky Most”

Drama

Director: Svetlana Proskurina, screenplay: Pavel Finn, camera: Dmitry Mass, production designer: Vladimir Yuzhakov, misic: Vyacheslav Gaivoronski, sound: Vladimir Persov

Cast: Alla Sokolova, Tatyana Bondareva, Alexei Serebryakov, Sergei Parapanov, Viktor Proskurin

Trying to get rid of her melancholy, Tatyana Prokofyevna, a woman well beyond her prime with habits and mannerisms of a beauty, invites young tenants in and begins to take generous care of them...



1128 SPASI I SOKHRANI (SAVE AND KEEP)

1989, 165 min., color, ”Troitsky Most”

Drama

Director: Alexander Sokurov, screenplay: Yuri Arabov, camera: Sergei Yurizditski, production designer: Yelena Amshinskaya, misic: Yuri Khanin, sound: Vladimir Persov

Cast: Cecile Zervudaki, Robert Waab, Alexander Cherednik, Vyacheslav Rogovoi, Yuri Sternin, Darya Shpalikova

Loosely based on “Madame Bovary”, the novel by Gustave Flaubert.



1129 STO SOLDAT I DVE DEVUSHKI (A HUNDRED SOLDIERS AND TWO GIRLS)

1989, 100 min., color, “Ladoga”

Drama

Written and directed by: Sergei Michaelyan, camera: Vladimir Ilyin, production designer: Boris Burmistrov, misic: Andrei Petrov, sound: Kirill Kuzmin

Cast: Maya Meldere, Alexander Saiko, Alexander Timoshkin, Nikolai Ustinov, Alexei Yasulovich, Vladimir Polyakov, Vladimir Yavorski

World War II. The main character is Anya Bulavina, a medical orderly. Contacts with her, her generosity of spirit and ready sympathy support the soldiers' faith in their being expected and loved back home...



1130 TORMOZHENIYE V NEBESAKH (THE BLOCKING IN HEAVEN)

1989, 81 min., color, “Ladoga”

Tragic farce

Director: Viktor Buturlin, screenplay: Roman Solntsev with input from Roman Buturlin, camera: Vladimir Vasilyev, production designer: Vladimir Bannykh, misic: Viktor Kisin, sound: Leonid Izakov

Cast: Viktor Smirnov, Nina Ruslanova, Yuri Kuznetsov, Viktor Tsepayev, Lev Borisov, Igor Nikitin, Yuri Mazhuga, Boris Scherbakov, Alexander Fatyushin, Tamara Kolesnikova, Larisa Leonova

After seeing off the General Secretary of the Central Communist Party Committee departing from the regional seat, Makhonin, First Secretary of the Regional Party Committee, gave his team a dressing-down...

It was just his luck that all of it was recorded by a TV camera operating in the automatic mode...

The lady director thought it a sensational piece, but getting it over to Moscow proved far from easy!



1131 UBEGAYUSHCHIY AVGUST (THE ESCAPING AUGUST)

1989, 78 min., color

Melodrama

Director: Dmitry Dolinin, screenplay: Anatoly Grebnev, Anatoly Efros, camera: Lev Kolganov, production designer: Mikhail Gerasimov, misic: Gennadi Banschikov, sound: Boris Andreyev

Cast: Anzhelika Nevolina, Alexander Filippenko, Svetlana Gaitan, Nikolai Ivanovski, Alexei Luschin, Lyubov Malinovskaya

Loosely based on “The Phrygian Cornflowers, a short story by Georgy Semyonov.

It so happened that Kraskov, a middle-aged single man, after one of his drinking sprees discovered a strange nice-looking young woman in his bed.

It turns out that the previous day he prevented her from leaving for Odessa for her vacation. To atone his guilt, Kraskov offers his lady to take a car trip...



1132 FA-MINOR (F MINOR)

1989, 29 min., color, ”Ladoga”

Fantasy

Written and directed by: Andrei Chernykh, camera: Alexander Ustinov, sound: Vladimir Persov

Cast: Nikolai Pavlov, Ingeborge Dapkunaite, Marina Krutikova, Oleg Lomanski, Mark Galesnik, Yuliya Sobolevskaya, Sergei Maltsev, Viktor Chernykh, T. Abolin

  • The film was awarded the Premium for the Best Debut at the International Film Festival in Clermont Ferraine, France (1990).

1133 FILIPP TRAUM (PHILIP TRAUM)

1989, 2 parts, 137 min., color, ”Petropol”

Adventure

Director: Igor Maslennikov, screenplay: Igor Adamatsky, Yevgeny Schmidt, camera: Nikolai Stroganov, production designer: Nataliya Kochergina, misic: Viktor Kisin, sound: Galina Lukina

Cast: Gabriel Vorobyev, Philip Kozlov, Dima Suvorov, Dima Mamontov, Iya Parulava, Yevgeny Vesnik, Alexei Zubarev, Yuri Yarvet, Yelena Safonova

Loosely based on “The Mysterious Stranger”, a story by Mark Twain.

The Middle Ages. The rule of the sombre inquisition...

Unexpectedly, none other but Satan Junior appears in a small European town in the guise of handsome young man...



1134 FUFLO (THE FAKE)

1989, 94 min., color, ”Troitsky Most”

Criminal drama

Director: Alexei Lebedev, screenplay: Kirill Laskari, camera: Vladimir Brylyakov, production designer: Sergei Kokovkin, misic: Merab Gagnidze, sound: Asya Zvereva

Cast: Andrei Rudenski, Alexander Romantsov, Lyubov Polischuk, Tatyana Manevskaya, Yelena Aminova

The main character is a womanizer conquering virtually any woman he meets. His erotic adventures are tightly interwoven with the criminal traits inspiring his queer friendship — enmity with a criminal drug addict...



1135 ETO BYLO U MORYA (IT HAPPENED AT THE SEASIDE)

1989, 97 min., color, ”Troitsky Most”

Drama

Director: Ayan Shakhmaliyeva, screenplay: Viktor Klykov, camera: Sergei Yurizditski, production designer: Georgy Kropachyev, misic: Alexander Kneifel, sound: Galina Gorbonosova

Cast: Nina Ruslanova, Svetlana Kryuchkova, Nina Turbina, Katya Politova, Danya Mishin, Vanya Kuzmin, Anya Yekaterininskaya, Ira Annina, Valentina Titova, Nikolai Lavrov, Yevgeny Zuyev, Valentina Voilkova, Valentina Ananyina, Alla Mescheryakova

The main characters are girls who are charges of a specialized orphanage for children with spinal cord afflictions. The kids' physical energy is bursting to expend itself in the painfully rigid inter-relationship diagram...

Thus, it turns out that friendship is more like enmity, while love works out as treachery...

1136 YA SLUZHIL V OKHRANE STALINA, ILI OPYT DOCUMENTALNOY MIFOLOGIYI (I SERVED WITH STALIN'S GUARDS, OR A STUDY IN DOCUMENTARY MYTHOLOGY)

1989, 75 min., color, “Ladoga”

Publicistic documentary

Director: Semyon Aranovich, screenplay: Yuri Klepikov, camera: Sergei Sidorov, production designer: Vladimir Solovyev, misic: Alexander Kneifel, sound: Galina Gorbonosova

A narrative spun by A. Rybin, retired Major with the People's Commissariat of Domestic Affairs



1137 ANEKDOTY (THE JOKES)

1990, 78 min., color, “Neva”, “Lenfilm”

Comedy

Director: Vladimir Titov, screenplay: Vladimir Vardunas, Alexander Kuznetsov, camera: Vladimir Ilyin, production designers: Vladimir Svetozarov, Edward Isayev, misic: Nikolai Fomenko, sound: Nataliya Avanesova

Cast: Alexander Abdulov, Armen Dzhigarkhanyan, Nina Usatova, Yakov Stepanov, Andrei Vasilyev, Boris Sokolov, Yevgeny Filatov, Vadim Lobanov

The talented joke teller Kutuzov, a patient in a lunatic asylum, is holding discussions on actual issues with Marx, Stalin, Brezhnev... Vasily Ivanovich Kutuzov absorbed jokes at his mother's breast, carrying them through his long-suffering life. And wherever fate takes him, he will remain faithful to his talent in spite of any threats, bans or repressions, for nothing can possibly extinguish a people's ability to laugh and joke.



1138 BAKENBARDY (THE WHISKERS)

1990, 94 min., color, ”Golos”, “Leninterfilm”, “Lenfilm”

Satirical pamphlet

Director: Yuri Mamin, screenplay: Vyacheslav Leikin, camera: Sergei Nekrasov, production designer: Pavel Parkhomenko, misic: Alexei Zalivalov, sound: Leonid Gavrichenko

Cast: Viktor Sukhorukov, Alexander Medvedev, Arthur Vaha, Alexander Lykov, Viktor Mikhailov, Olga Alabysheva, Yuri Mamin

Two whiskered young people carrying canes and wearing the “winged” coats of the kind favored by Pushkin disembarked in a modern provincial city, where punks, metal fans, rockers, and other informal youth groups were playing their pranks at large. The whiskered eccentric guys were made fun of. Nobody could imagine that the queer pair would soon gain local popularity and influence...



  • The film was awarded the FIPRESSI Premium at the International Film Festival in San Sebastiano, Spain (1990).

1139 DUKHOV DEN (WHIT MONDAY)

1990, 110 min., color, “Golos”, “Lenfilm”

Mystical drama

Director: Sergei Selyanov, screenplay: Mikhail Konovalchuk, Sergei Selyanov, camera: Sergei Astakhov, production designer: Viktor Ivanov, misic: Yuri Shevchuk, sound: Kirill Kuzmin

Cast: Yuri Shevchuk, Borya Golyatkin, Yuri Demich, Sulev Sujk, Angelica Nevolina, Stanislav Landgraf

Ivan Khristoforov is a creative person with the characteristic bright luminous moments and break-throughs. His ability to cause explosions is a metaphor used to describe the sensual contacts between his tragic, passionate nature and the surrounding world. He yearns to break out of the burned-out mythological space that is Russia's dwelling place and discover his own place in the endless succession of generations replacing one another in the boundless Russian plain. Ivan Khristoforov tries all the classical ways of gaining freedom: escape into himself, abroad, into his childhood, “among the people”...



1140 ZIMNYAYA VISHNYA — DVA (THE WINTER CHERRY -2)

1990, 87 min., color, ”Troitsky Most”

Melodrama

Director: Igor Maslennikov, screenplay: Vladimir Valutski, camera: Vladimir Brylyakov, production designer: Natalya Kochergina, misic: Vladimir Dashkevich, sound: Alexander Gruzdev

Cast: Vitaly Solomin, Yelena Safonova, Irina Miroshnichenko, Irina Klimova, Nina Ruslanova, Larisa Udovichenko, Viktor Avilov

In the sequel, the lonely, single main character of the first “Zimnyaya Vishnya” (“The Winter Cherry”) picture is happily settled: wife of a respectable American businessman, mother of a charming five-year-old daughter...

For her former lover Vadim, the clock seems to have stopped. Every morning he duly makes breakfast for his spouse; he obediently makes love to the young, prematurely developed Sveta nicknamed Slonik — a reasonably pragmatic and selfless creature, yet, given a chance, quite willing to take the spineless Dashkov in hand. He is forever listening to his friends advising him not to miss his chance. But it is not a lost chance that matters; what matters is that this person is no longer able or willing to look for any.

1141 NOVAYA SHAKHEREZADA (THE NEW SHAKHERIZADA)

1990, 2 parts, 125 min., color, ”Petropol”, “Lenfilm”, commissioned by Gosteleradio, USSR

Melodrama

Director: Mikhail Nikitin, screenplay: Valery Popov, camera: Fyedor Tokmakov, production designer: Vladimir Amelchenkov, misic: Igor Tsvetkov, sound: Konstantin Zarin

Cast: Nadezhda Rezon, Vladimir Baranov, Alexander Slastin, Svetlana Smirnova, Natalya Vilkina, Igor Erelt, Alexander Dolski

A dramatic story of a provincial girl coming to a big city under the municipal limited hiring quota.



1142 KOGDA SVYATIYE MARSHIRUYUT (WHEN THE SAINST MARCH)

1990, 90 min., color, ”Golos”, “Lenfilm”

Musical

Director: Vladimir Vorobyev, screenplay: Alexander Zhitinski, camera: Heinrich Marandzhyan, production designer: Boris Bykov, misic: David Goloschyekin, sound: Mikhail Victorov

Cast: Vera Alentova, Vladimir Steklov, Emanuel Vitorgan, Alexander Dolski, Alexander Khochinski, David Goloschyekin, Igor Dmitriyev, Alla Balter, Dmitry Vorobyev

The picture is focused on jazz musicians, featuring a meeting of those who were young in the 1960-s. In their past they have a common problem: the imprisonment of an orchestra member who assumed the fault for the publication of a unofficial magazine “Diski” (“The Disks”) featuring American jazz. The disaster separated them rather than united. The ones who overcame the fear of the undeserved punishment and remained faithful to their vocation are now getting together.



1143 KRUG VTOROY (CIRCLE TWO)

1990, 93 min., color, “Troitsky Most”, Creative Initiative Centre, Soviet Culture Foundation, Leningrad Branch, “Zerkalo” Cinema Fans Club (Syktyvkar)

Drama

Director: Alexander Sokurov, screenplay: Yuri Arabov, camera: Alexander Burov, production designer: Vladimir Solovyev, misic: Otmar Nussio, sound: Vladimir Persov

Cast: Pyotr Alexandrov, Nadezhda Rodnova, Tamara Timofeyeva, Alexander Bystryakov, Sergei Krylov

The main character, whose father is dying a terrible and painful death, passes through all the circles a human is destined to traverse at a tragic time like this: the torture of guilt, the torture of inability to help, and the torture of helpless sympathy. The authors of the picture set the task of achieving a closest possible approach to a deep emotional state, a fictitious personification of this extreme pole of spiritual tension.



  • The film was awarded the FIPRESSI Prize at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam, Holland (1990) and the Dutch Cinema Critics’ Prize “For the Vanguard Development in Cinema” at the XX International Film Festival in Rotterdam, Holland (1991).

1144 PALACH (THE EXECUTIONER)

1990, 152 min., color, ”Ladoga”, “Lenfilm”, “Russkoje Video”

Criminal drama

Director: Viktor Sergeyev, screenplay: Sergei Beloshnikov, camera: Nikolai Stroganov, production designer: Yevgeny Gukov, misic: Edward Artemyev, sound: Asya Zvereva

Cast: Irina Metlitskaya, Andrei Sokolov, Larisa Guzeyeva, Sergei Gazarov, Boris Galkin, Stanislav Sadalski, Aristarkh Livanov, Yelena Arzhanik, Algis Matuleonis

The main character, Olga, who has suffered a gang rape, makes up her mind to take revenge on her offenders one by one. She hires professionals, members of a widespread Mafia network. The brutality displayed by the Mafia from the very start terrifies Olga...she does her best to stop the criminal machine she herself has started... but to no avail... Her own life is ruined, her once vital soul is utterly devastated...



1145 PANTSYR (THE SHELL)

1990, 91 min., b/w, “First and Experimental Film”, “Lenfilm”

Psychological drama

Director: Igor Alimpiyev, screenplay: Igor Alimpiyev with input from Pyotr Kozhevnikov, camera: Vladimir Ilyin, production designer: Larisa Shilova, misic: L. Hovanez, sound: Leonid Izakov

Cast: Pyotr Kozhevnikov, Alexander Sporykhin, Anna Bychkova (Perminova), Olga Samoshina, Olga Yakovleva, Sergei Erdenko, Sergei Dobrotvorski, Vladimir Yermilov

Who wants you when you are over thirty, and your best is past? Where are those who used to be close? One is in his coffin (having departed this life), another has turned militiaman (having become a model soldier of Home Troops) and is spying on yet another one, who used to be the most gifted of the three of us, the pride of our school, nowadays making bread (money) in the Nevsky...



  • The film was awarded the Bronze Prize of the International Film Festival in Rimini, Italy (1990).

1146 PEREKHOD TOVARISCHA CHKALOVA CHEREZ SEVERNY POLYUS (COMRADE CHKALOV'S CROSSING THE NORTH POLE)

1990, 23 min., b/w, “First and Experimental Film”, “Lenfilm”

Eccentric comedy

Written and directed by: Maxim Pezhemski, camera: Valery Mironov, production designer: Vladislav Orlov, misic: Sergei Kurekhin, sound: Larisa Maslova

Cast: Alexander Zavyalov, Viktor Bychkov, Semyon Furman, Vladimir Baranov

The picture is stylized to reproduce the aesthetics of the silent films, being a parody of the ideological stamps of the classical Soviet movies of the 1920s- 30s.



  • The film was awarded the Participant Diploma of the International Film Festival in Cannes, France (1991) and the Main Prize for the Best Short Film at the IX International Film Festival in Turin, Italy (1991).

1147 SLUCHAYNY VALS (A CASUAL WALTZ)

1990, 96 min., color, ”Troitsky Most”, “Lenfilm”

Psychological drama

Director: Svetlana Proskurina, screenplay: Pavel Finn, camera: Dmitry Mass, production designer: Vladimir Yuzhakov, misic: Vyacheslav Gaivoronski, sound: Vladimir Persov

Cast: Alla Sokolova, Tatyana Bondareva, Alexei Serebryakov, Sergei Parapanov, Tatyana Bondareva, Viktor Proskurin

Trying to get rid of her melancholy, Tatyana Prokofyevna, an elderly woman who owns a house on a hill-side, invites young tenants in and begins to take generous care of them... Hers and theirs is a parallel, almost similar existence: unsure, indistinct, and solitary. She makes them learn sense, and it is going to take them time to feel the danger of this tutelage; they get entangled in the web of hopeless dependence on a stranger's strong evil will. Shortly, the ominous house on the slope turns the spineless boys into murderers.



  • The film was awarded the “Golden Leopard” – the Grand Prix of the International Film Festival in Locarno, Switzerland (1990) and the “Mancion Speciale” – the Grand Prix of the XIII International Film Festival in Creitel, France (1991).

1148 SATANA (SATAN)

1990, 108 min., color

Psychological thriller

Written and produced by: Viktor Aristov, camera: Yuri Vorontsov, production designer: Vladimri Bannykh, misic: Arkady Gagulashvioli, sound: Nikolai Astakhov

Cast: Svetlana Bragarnik, Sergei Kupriyanov, Veniamin Malochevsky, Maria Averbach, Mikhail Starodubov

Daughter of Alyona Pavlova, one of the leaders of the local Mafia was kidnapped. The crime

was committed by Vitaly, m a young man who had been working as a courier in the City Council. He promises to release the girl in return for a large sum of money.


  • Silver Bear, 41st Berlin IFF (1990)

1149 SOBACHIY PIR (THE DOGS' FEAST)

1990, 100 min., color, ”Ladoga”, “Lenfilm”

Melodrama

Director: Leonid Menaker, screenplay: Viktor Merezhko, camera: Vladimir Kovzel, production designer: Yuri Pugach, misic: Andrei Petrov, sound: Alexander Sysolyatin

Cast: Natalya Gundareva, Sergei Shakurov, Larisa Udovichenko, Anna Polikarpova, Christina Denga

On a holiday eve, everyone, especially one tired and chilly, does so need at least one living soul at one's side: it is bad to meet a holiday alone with oneself. Thus, on a New Year's Eve, the main characters meet, — a meeting of two solitudes. Chance brought two persons of disorderly lives together in a railway terminal.... kindling the hope for a normal, pure human life, the kind others have...



  • The actress Natalya Gundareva was honored the Premium for the Best Actress’ Work at the International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada (1990) and was awarded NIKA — the highest annual professional Premium of the Cinematographers’ Union — for the Best Lead Part (1991).

1150 STRASTI PO VLADIMIRU (THE TRIALS OF VLADIMIR)

1990, 110 min., color, ”Golos”, “Leninterfilm”, commissioned by “Tonis”

Satirical comedy

Written and directed by: Mark Rozovsky, camera: Konstantin Ryzhov, production designer: Yevgeny Gukov, sound: Harry Belenky

Cast: Vladimir Dolinski, Galina Borisova, Vera Ulik, Igor Staroseltsev, Alexander Lukash, Semyon Farada

The picture based on the famous performance titled” Vysotsky's Concert at a Research Institute” staged by “U Nikitskikh Vorot” (By the Nikitskiye Gate”) Studio Theater features a common occurrence of the early 1970-s: the ban of Vysotski's concert at a Research Institute.

The picture is actual and satirically poignant in the sense that today, when the outward bans have been lifted, the inner ones linger to mar people's lives, preventing them from overcoming their fear and servility and obstructing the “germination” of free thinking and human rights.

1151 TAKSI-BLYUZ (THE TAXI BLUES)

1990, 111 min., color, ”Troitsky Most”, “Lenfilm”, ASK, MK-2 PRODUCTION (France), Goskino USSR

Eccentric drama

Written and directed by: Pavel Lungin, camera: Denis Yevstigneyev, production designer: Valery Yurkevich, misic: Vladimir Chekasin, sound: Oksana Strugina

Cast: Pyotr Mamonov, Pyotr Zaichenko, Natalya Kolyakanova, Yelena Safonova, Vladimir Kashpur, Sergei Gazarov, Yevgeny Gerchakov, Dmitry Prigov, Igor Zolotovitski, Valery Khlevinski, Yelena Stepanova, Alexander Buyanov, Sergei Galkin, Alexander Inshakov

The taxi driver Ivan Shlykov becomes an unwilling witness and participant of the musician Lyosha Seliverstov's drinking spree. He drives his bohemian chums around Moscow, sells them his vodka, only to see his client disappear without paying. The taxi driver is mad to be so insulted by a pathetic loafer, a puny nothing of a music player. Shlykov finds Seliverstov, thus setting off the tragic story of their relationship involving a blind hate, an unshared love, an overpowering weakness, a lack of a common language and a crazy hope to find one.



  • The film director Pavel Lungin was awarded the Prize of the Jury for the Best Film Director’s Work at the International Film Festival in Cannes, France (1990). The director of photography Denis Yevstigneyev was awarded NIKA -the highest annual professional Premium of the Cinematographers’ Union – for the Best Operator’s Work (1991).

1152 TORMOZHENIYE V NEBESAKH (THE BLOCKING IN HEAVEN)

1990, 76 min., color, ”Ladoga”, “Lenfilm”

Tragic farce

Director: Viktor Buturlin, screenplay: Roman Solntsev with input from Roman Buturlin, camera: Vladimir Vasilyev, production designer: Vladimir Bannykh, misic: Viktor Kisin, sound: Leonid Izakov

Cast: Viktor Smirnov, Nina Ruslanova, Yuri Kuznetsov, Viktor Tsepayev, Lev Borisov, Igor Nikitin, Yuri Mazhuga, Boris Scherbakov, Alexander Fatyushin, Tamara Kolesnikova, Larisa Leonova

Recognizing his doom, Makhonin, First Secretary of the Regional Party Committee, flesh of the flesh of his time, is still trying to hold on to his power and privileges with all his strength.



1153 FUFLO (THE FAKE)

1990, 94 min., color, “Troitsky Most”, “Lenfilm”

Erotic detective story

Director: Alexei Lebedev, screenplay: Kirill Laskari, camera: Vladimir Brylyakov, production designer: Sergei Kokovkin, misic: Merab Gagnidze, sound: Oksana Strugina

Cast: Andrei Rudenski, Alexander Romantsov, Lyubov Polischuk, Tatyana Manevskaya, Yelena Aminova

Viktor Kaloshin is a womanizer, all but instantly conquering virtually any woman he meets. His erotic adventures, love adventures involving outright criminal actions, comprise the contents of the picture with its the moral charge aimed at exposing consumership tendencies both in a person and in society in general.

All the transformations of the ill-starred scum nicknamed “Balerunok” are set against variety show and ballet scenes, against a queer friendship — enmity with a criminal drug addict going by the nickname of Bury, to result in murder.

1154 TSARSKAYA OKHOTA (THE TSAR'S HUNT)

1990, 121 min., color, ”Golos”, “Lenfilm”, “Sojuzkinoservis”, “Barrandov” (Chekoslovakia), “Ekccelsiorfilm” (Italy)

Historical drama

Director: Vitaly Melnikov, screenplay: Leonid Zorin, camera: Yuri Veksler, production designer: Bella Manevich, misic: Edison Denisov, sound: Asya Zvereva

Cast: Nikolai Yeremenko, Svetlana Kryuchkova, Anna Samokhina, Mikhail Kononov, Oleg Tabakov, Alexander Romantsev, Alexander Goloborodko, Anatoly Shvederski, Svetlana Smirnova, Alexander Novikov

The screenplay features the tragic fate of the impostor Princess Tarakanova, a pretender to the Russian throne. It is one of the most dazzling subjects presented to art by the Russian history. Leonid Zorin came up with his own view of the hunt put up by Tsarina Catherine II in pursuit of Princess Tarakanova.

In the eyes of many Count Orlov, the executor of the Empress's will, was an accomplished villain. The playwright renounced this simple description. Orlov was too much of an individual to turn into a common executioner. The extent of his suffering might have exceeded that of the victim herself; for he truly fell in love with Princess Yelizaveta Tarakanova, the one he betrayed.


  • The costume designer Larisa Koknikova was awarded NIKA – the highest annual professional Premium of the Cinematographers’ Union – for the Best Designer’s Work (1991).

  • The actress Svetlana Kryuchkova was awarded NIKA for the Best Minor Part (1991).

1155 GENIY (THE GENIUS)

1991, 162 min., color, ”Ladoga”, “Vilon”

Detective

Director: Viktor Sergeyev, screenplay: Igor Ageyev, camera: Sergei Sidorov, production designer: Yevgeny Gukov, misic: Eduard Artemyev, sound: Asya Zvereva

Cast: Aleksander Abdulov, Innokenty Smoktunovsky, Larisa Byelogurova, Yuri Kuznetsov, Valentina Talyzina, Sergei Prokhanov, Viktor Ilyichov

A gifted innovator, Sergei Nenashev, who is an underpaid engineer at a research institute, has the walls of his toilet covered with his useless diplomas and patents. He then decides to start his own business. Equipped with sophisticated electronic devices, Sergei blackmails dishonest rich men.



1156 DEISTVUY, MANYA! (GO AHEAD, MANYA!)

1991, 110 min., color, ”Diapazon”, Sovkino, NIISK

Comedy

Director: Roman Yershov, screenplay: Igor Vinnichenko, Roman Yershov, camera: Valery Mulgaut, Radik Askarov, production designer: Sergei Shemyakin, misic: Andrei Andersen, sound: Galina Lukina

Cast: Julia Menshova, Sergei Bekhterev, Yevgeny Vestnik, Stanislav Sadalsky, Georgy Millyar, Yevgeny Morgunov, Viktor Bychkov, Semyon Furman

A young biologist and a young computer programmer create a super-robot Mania designed to fight the mafia. Like Pygmalion, the young researcher falls in love with his creation…



1157 DOM NA PESKE (HOUSE STANDING ON SAND)

1991, 85 min., color, ”Petropol”, Sojuztelefilm

Director: Niyole Adomenaite, screenplay: Nataliya Chepik, camera: Aleksander Shumovich, production designers: Yelena Zhukova, Eduard Zyuzikov, misic: Algirdas Paulavichus, sound: Leonid Gavrichenko

Cast: Yelena Shiffers, Yelena Shachkova, Yuri Astafyev, Vladimir Yeryomin, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Ivan Latyshev

Film version of Tatyana Tolstaya’s short story “Sonya”

Lyrical drama about a young girl living in a large friendly family of Leningrad intellectuals. The story is mixed with the description of people surrounding her and of the atmosphere of Leningrad in the 30’s — beginning of the 40’s.

1158 MOLODAYA YEKATERINA (YOUNG CATHERINE)

1991, 188 min., color

Historical melodrama

Written and directed by: Michael Anderson, camera: Ernest Day, production designer: Harold Trasher, Natalya Vasilyeva, misic: Isaak Schwartz, sound: Galina Gorbonosova

Cast: Vanessa Redgrave, Chistopher Plummer, Franko Nero, Martha Keller, Maximillian Shell, Julia Ormond, Katya Golitsyna

Prussian princess Sophia arrives in St. Petersburg. Sge is fated to become Catherina the Great, the most famous Russian empress.



  • ACE award, USA cable TV for best supporting role for Vanessa Regrave

1159 IZYDI... (GO AWAY...)

1991, 89 min., color and b/w

Tragicomedy

Director: Dmitry Astrakhan, screenplay: Dmitry Astrakhan, Oleg Danilov, camera: Yuri Vorontsov, production designer: Sergei Kokovkin, Maria Petrocva, misic: Alexander Pantykin, sound: Alexander Sysolyatin

Cast: Otar Megvinetukhutsesi, Tamara Skhirtladze, Yelena Anisimova, Tatyana Kuznetsova, Vladimir Kabalin, Valentin Bukin, Viktor Mikhailov, Alexander Lykov, Viktor Bychkov

Loosely based on novels by Sholom Aleichem, Alexander Kuprin, Isaak babel Motl Rabinovich started his own business — opened a dairy store. A womanizer, a drunkard and a hard worker he was nor worse and was not better then his neighbors, the only difference was in the shape of his nose and color of his curly hair. All the village came to Motl celebrate opening of his store. The villagers were having a great time and no one could suspect that there was trouble ahead.



  • Ecumenical Jury prize, XVII Moscow IFF, 1991

  • Best male role for Otar Megvinetukhutsesi (Tokyo IFF, 1991)

1160 LOSHAD, SKRIPKA...I NEMNOGO NERVNO (A HORSE, A VIOLIN...AND SOME NERVOUSNESS)

1991, 30 min., color

Director: Irina Yevteyeva, screenplay: Irina Yevteyeva, Yuri Krtavtsov, camera: Genrikh Marandzhyan, misic: Algirdas Paulavichus, music pieces by Dmitry Shostakovich, animation: Irina Yevteyeva, L. Tomashevskaya, A. Vasilyev, sound: Leonid Gavrichenko

Cast: Georgy Traugot, Margarita Bychkova, Semyon Furman, Alexander Petrov, Boris Cherdyntsev, Tatyana Arkhangelskaya

An experimental film made on the intersection of different types of films — documentary, feature and animation.



1161 ARIFMETIKA UBIISTVA (ARITHMETIC OF MURDER)

1991, 102 min., color

Psychological thriller

Director: Dmitry Svetozarov, screenplay: Mikhail Popov, Dmitry Svetozarov, camera: Sergei Astakhov, production designer: Yelena Zhukova, misic: Andrei Makarevich, Alexander Krutikov, sound: Konstantin Zarin

Cast: Sergei Bekhterev, Zinaida Sharko, Yuri Kuznetsov, Lev Borisov, Olga Samoshina, Vladimir Kashpur, Vyachslav Yakovlev

Based on Mikhail Popov’s novel “Let’s Talk!”.

Investigation of a murder committed in a communal apartment. Each of the tenants is a suspect.


  • Grand-Prix, “Kinoshock” IFF (1992)

1162 ZHERTVA DLYA IMPERATORA (A SACRIFICE FOR THE EMPEROR)

1991, 91 min., color, “First and Experimental Film”, “Lenfilm”

Drama

Director: Roza Orynbasarova, screenplay: Vitaly Moskalenko, camera: Sergei Yurizditsky, production designer: Sergei Kokovkin, misic: Andrei Sigle, sound: Konstantin Zarin

Cast: Alexander Sporykhin, Sergei Kushakov, Alexei Guskov, Svetlana Svirko, Mikhail Shchetinin, Dao Dae

Adaptation of Aleksander Kuprin’s short story “Junior Captain Rybnikov”

The film portrays a Japanese General Staff officer infiltrates the military circles of St. Petersburg.

1163 YEVREISKOYE SCHSATYE (JEWISH FORTUNE)

1991, 50 min., color, “First and Experimental Film”

Psychological drama

Director: Vitaly Mansky, screenplay: Georgy Ostrovsky, camera: Sergei Yurizditsky, production designer: Oleg Tagel, misic: Kharkovsky, sound:Boris Andreyev

Cast: Yevgeny Steblov, Anna Matyuhina, Lyudmila Narovchatskaya

The lead character of the film, Mark, is going to emigrate to Israel. Before leaving for the homeland of his ancestors, Mark pays a visit to his native town where he spent his childhood. Here he meets his death — in what seems to be an absurd accident.



1164 KOLTSO (THE TERMINAL)

1991, 85 min., color, ”Lenfilm”, All-Union Cinema and Television Centre for Children and Youth

Melodrama

Director: Valery Martynov, screenplay: Aleksander Galin, Valery Martynov, camera: Valery Martynov, production designer: Yuri Pugach, misic: Andrei Sigle, sound: Aleksander Shulga

Cast: Platon Martynov, Tatyana Rasskazova, Igor Chernyevich, Irina Tychinina, Vladimir Yeryomin, Boris Sokolov

The mother of the 7-year old Platon sends him to his grandmother's and goes away with her lover on the Christmas vacation. However, the boy's grandmother does not recognize her grandson and on New Year's eve Platon is left on his own. At first he enjoys himself immensely getting together with his friends and riding for long hours on a tram. But then he finds himself in a police station among homeless children. The tram driver Viktor helps Platon get out of the police station…



1165 AFGANSKY IZLOM (AFGHAN BREAKDOWN)

1991, 140 min., color, ”Ladoga”, “Russkoje Video”, “Clemi Cinematografica” (Italy)

War drama

Director: Vladimir Bortko, screenplay: Alexander Chervinsky, Mikhail

Leshchinsky, Leonid Bogachuk, Ada Petrova, camera: Valery Fedosov, Pavel Zasyadko, production designer: Vladimir Svetozarov, misic: Vladimir Dashkevich, sound: Kirill Kuzmin

Cast: Micele Placido, Tatyana Dogileva, Mikhail Zhigalov, Filipp Yankovsky, Alexei Serebryakov, Nina Ruslanova, Nikolai Ustinov, Artur Uvarov

During the last days of the war in Afghanistan, one battalion, which is providing cover to withdrawing Soviet troops, is ambushed. All the men, including their brave commander major Bandura, lay down their lives to save their comrades.



1166 BYELIYE NOCHI (THE WHITE NIGHTS)

1991, 90 min., color, ”Lenfilm”

Melodrama

Director: Leonid Kvinikhidze, screenplay: Vladimir Valutsky, camera: Eduard Rozovsky, production designer: Larisa Shilova, misic: Maxim Dunayevsky, sound: Igor Vigdorchik

Cast: Anna Matyukhina, Vadim Lyubshin, Galina Polskikh, Nikolai Yeryomenko, Vitaly Usanov

Fiodor Dostoyevsky's novel of the same title takes place in modern

times. One summer night, Mitya, a bread vagon driver, meets a girl and gives her a ride home. They make a date. During their next meeting, the girl tells Mitya how boring her life was until a new tenant appeared in their flat.

1167 MIF O LEONIDE (THE MYTH OF LEONID)

1991, 90 min., color, “Lenfilm” studio

Political drama

Director: Dmitry Dolinin, screenplay: Pavel Finn, camera: Lev Kolganov, production designer: Vladimir Bannykh, misic: Gennady Banshchikov, sound: Alexander Sysolyatin

Cast: Sergei Gamov, Niyole Narmontaite, Anzhelika Nevolina, Boris Birman, Olga Tarasenko, Valery Kravchenko, Gabriel Vorobyov, Viktor Bychkov, Boris Kozhemyakin

The film is focused on the versions of the Leningrad Bolsheviks’ leader Kirov's assassination as suggested by Orlov, the ex- KGB general who narrowly escaped death in Stalin purges.



1168 LAPA (PROTECTION)

1991, 87 min., color, “Golos”, “Lenfilm”

Criminal drama

Director: Yuli Koltun, screenplay: Edgar Dubrovsky, camera: Yuri Shaigardanov, production designer: Vladimir Yuzhakov, misic: Mark Samoilov, sound: Garri Belenky

Cast: Yuri Orlov, Vyachslav Bambushek, Varery Kosoi, Tatyana Kabanova, Anastasiya Vlasova, Ilya Zmeyev

The action of the film begins in the 70's and ends up in our days. The story is pivoted on the conflict of two strong and exceptional characters. The main hero of the film is appointed head of a large foreign trade company and his new job immediately draws attention of the chief of a corporation engaged in an illegal business. We see the metamorphosis of one of the characters and find out what happens to the other hero six years later. We also see what methods the mafia is using today.



1169 MECHENIYE (THE BRANDED))

1991, 126 min., color, “Lenfilm”

Thriller

Director: Vyacheslav Sorokin, screenplay: Andrei Romanov, camera: Igor Markov, production designer: Mikhail Gavrilov, misic: Stanislav Vazhov, sound: Artur Shchikhov

Cast: Aleksei Nilov, Sergei Varchuk, Yelena Starostina, Vadim Lobanov, Margarita Zvonaryova

Two young boys punish the mobsters connected with corrupt policemen.



1170 NEVOZVRASHCHENETS (THE DEFECTOR)

1991, 123 min., color, ”Troitsky Most”, “Tekhnopolisbank”

Political anti-utopia

Director: Sergei Snezhkin, screenplay: Alexander Kabakov, Sergei Snezhkin, camera: Vladimir Burikin, production designer: Pavel Parkhomenko, misic: Alexander Khaifel, sound: Aliakper Gasan-Zade

Cast: Yuri Kuznetsov, Nikolai Yeryomenko, Sr., Nadyezhda Zhivodyorova, Yuri Oskin, Viktor Aristov, Yelena Anisimova, Era Ziganshina

Loosely based on Alexander Kabakov’s novel of the same title. The lead character of the film is a journalist and TV reporter. He is also a dissident and a police informer, who has long complicated relations with the authorities. Tired and dissatisfied with everything and above all, with himself, he decides to concentrate on his purely professional activities. Accidentaly he gets hold of the original documents about preparation of a communist coup. The journalist makes his choice — he will never return to his former life. Any danger, any punishment would be better than lies and compromises with his conscience.



1171 LOKH – POBYEDITEL VODY (GOOFBALL — THE CONQUEROR OF VODA)

1991, 91 min., color, “Troitsky Most”

Criminal drama

Written and directed by: Arkady Tigay, camera: Yuri Veksler, production designer: Mikhail Suzdalov, misic: Sergei Kuriokhin, sound: Aliakper Gasan-Zade

Cast: Sergei Kuriokhin, Larisa Borodina, Vladimir Yeryomin, Andrei Krasko, Oleg Kasavnenko, Aleksander Glazun, Andrei Ponomarev, Valentin Zhilyaev

Pavel Gorelikov together with his friend Kostya opens a small workshop where they use scrap metal and various fragments to assemble elementary computer games for children. However, this little humble place is attacked by racketeers. Realizing that police failed to protect them the helpless impractical Pavel, a goofball, declares war on the gangsters...



1172 OPYT BREDA LYUBOVNOGO OCHAROVANIYA (EXPERIENCE THE ENCHANTMENT AND DELIRIUM OF LOVE)

1991, 109 min., color, “Lenfilm”

Tragic farce

Written and directed by: Valery Ogorodnikov, camera: Sergei Nekrasov, production designer: Viktor Ivanov, misic: Edison Denisov, sound: Larisa Maslova

Cast: Masha Pyrenkova, Sergei Afanasyev, Alexander Romantsov, Alexander Vorobyov, Svetlana Gaitan, Aleksei Zubarev

The tragic love story in which the heroes — Pasha and Angel — are patients at a mental hospital. In this cruel world they choose death…



1173 PYUSHCHIYE KROV (BLOOD-SUCKERS)

1991, 108 min., color, “Lenfilm”

Phantasmagoric melodrama

Director: Yevgeny Tatarsky, screenplay: Artur Makarov, camera: Konstantin Ryzhov, production designer: Isaak Kaplan, misic: Sergei Kuriokhin, sound: Igor Vigdorchik

Cast: Marina Vladi, Donatas Banionis, Andrei Sokolov, Marina Maiko, Konstantin Afonsky, Andrei Urgant, Igor Murugov

Loosely based on Aleksei Tolstoy's short story “Vampire.” The vivid film focuses on the story of a grandmother who is a vampire.



1174 PAPA, UMER DED MOROZ (DADDY, SANTA CLAUS IS DEAD)

1991, 71 min., b/w, “First and Experimental Film”, “Lenfilm”

Ironical horror

Director: Yevgeniy Yufit in co-operation with Vladimir Maslov, screenplay: Vladimir Maslov, camera: Alexander Burov, production designer: Yevgeny Yufit, sound: Mikhail Podtakui

Cast: Anatoly Yegorov, Ivan Ganzha, Lyudmila Koslovskaya, Boris Ilyasov, Maxim Gribov, Olga Shramko, Valery Krishtapenko, Sasha Lyalin

Loosely based on Alexei Tolstoy's short story “Vampire's Family.”

The action of the novel takes place in modern times. Can Santa Claus die? And if the answer is “yes, “does it mean that time will also stop? Everyone knows that it is Santa Claus who brings the New Year and starts the new cycle of life. A young biologists looks for a secluded place where he can continue his research. He finds a village inhabited by some strange people, everyone seems to be possessed by some mystical maniacal ideas.


  • The film was awarded the “Gold R” – the Grand Prix of the Art Film Festival in Rimini, Italy (1993).

1175 TMA (THE DARKNESS)

1991, 58 min., color, “Troitsky Most”, “La Sept” (Channel 7 of TV, France), “Sodaperaga” (France)

Drama

Director: Igor Maslennikov, screenplay: Jacques Baynac, camera: Vladimir Brylyakov, production designer: Natalya Kochergina, misic: Vladimir Dashkevich, sound: Leonid Gavrichenko

Cast: Oleg Yankovsky, Kseniya Kachalina, Yevgeny Vesnik, Svetlana Kryuchkova

Based on Leonid Andreyev’s short story of the same title.

At the turn of the century when Leonid Andreyev was working on this story, some people believed that terrorism was liberating, noble and self-sacrificing. This story of a terrorist and a prostitute reflects this disastrous and romantic delusion of its time.

1176 OI, VY, GUSI... (OH, YOU, GEESE...)

1991, 87 min., color, b/w, ”First and Experimental Film”, ”Lenfilm”

Drama

Written and directed by: Lydia Bobrova, camera: Sergei Astakhov, production designer: Gennady Popov, sound: Oksana Strugina

Cast: Vyacheslav Sobolev, Yuri Bobrov, Vasily Frolov, Nina Usatova, Galina Volkova, Sveltana Gaitan, Marina Kusnetsova

A dying father leaves his three sons an accordion, an old house and a clock…



  • The author of the screenplay and the film director Lydia Bobrova was awarded the Grand Prix of the IY European Festival of the First Films in Angere, France for the Best Screenplay and Film (1991).

1177 RUKOPIS (THE MANUSCRIPT)

1991, 57 min., color, ”Troitsky Most”, “La Sept” (Channel 7 of TV, France), ”Sodaperaga” (France)

Social drama

Director: Aleksei Muratov, screenplay: Jacques Baynac, camera: Vladimir Ilyin, production designer: Mikhail Gerasimov, misic: Andrei Sigle, sound: Oksana Strugina

Cast: Vladimir Ivashov, Irina Brazgovka, Zinovy Gerdt, Andrei Zaikov, Alexander Kalyagin, Boris Kluyev, Lydia Fedoseyeva-Shukshina, Zoya Buryak

In a countryside writers' colony, a young writer is working on her autobiographical story dealing with the arrest and death of her husband. She is is mad with fear, suspicion, mistrust andanxiety. The film shows how a totalitarian state intrudes upon people's private lives and their creative work, how it mutilates souls and distorts relations between people.



1178 SADY SKORPIONA (THE GARDENS OF THE SCORPION)

1991, 102 min., color, b/w, ”First and Experimental Film”, Creative Initiative Centre, “Zerkalo” (Syktyvkar)

Fragments combined

Written and directed by: Oleg Kovalov, camera: Anatoly Lapshov, sound: Garri Belenky, music from pieces by: Carl Orph, Bela Bartok, Dmitry Shostakovich, Nino Rota, Krsistof Penderetsky

This political film has elements of satire and philosophical lyricism about the epoch of Great Expectations. It is a surrealistic collage, and a free combination of fragments of Soviet films made in the 20s — 30s. These films were both great and ordinary, feature films and documentaries, instructive films and animations.



1179 TRAVA I VODA (GRASS AND WATER)

1991, 50 min., color, “First and Experimental Film”

Melodrama

Written and directed by: Viktor Tikhomirov, camera:Vladimir Vasilyev, production design: Viktor Tikhomorov, misic: Boris Grebenshchikov, sound: Mikhail Belovolov

Cast: Venya Kravchuk, Yuri Nazarov, Natasha Tikhomirova

Set in the days of Khrushchev's thaw, the film centers on the complicated relations of a father and his teenager son. The film shows the awakening of artistic and creative impulses in a young man standing on the threshold of his independent life.



1180 SOKRAT (SOCRATES)

1991, 121 min., color, “Petropol”, “Sojuztelefilm”

Drama

Director: Viktor Sokolov, screenplay:Mikhail Kurayev, camera: Eduard Rosovsky, production designers: Larisa Shilova, Elvira Karatyshkina, misic: Shandor Kallosh, sound:Galina Potseluyeva

Cast: Olga Mateshko, Grigory Aredakov, Yevgeny Merkuryev, Boris Klyuyev, Alexander Galko, Valery Kukhareshin, Avgustin Milovanov, Saulus Kisas, Valentina Yakunina, Viktor Gogolev

Adaptation of the play “Barefoot in Athens” by American playwright Maxwell Anderson.

The film centers on the tragic last period of Socrates's life. The long war with Sparta ended up with Athens completely humbled, deprived of its might and prosperity. In the atmosphere of general despair and irritation, democracy is replaced first by tyranny and then by oligarchy. And at that time, a strange old man is wandering about the streets and markets, entering into conversations and asking confusing questions. Gradually the man becomes the focus of public irritation. After all he was the friend and teacher of the most famous Athenian citizens: Aristides, Harmodius and Critas who led the city-state to defeat and collapse.

1181 SCHASTLIVIYE DNI (THE HAPPY DAYS)

1991, 97 min., b/w, “First and Experimental Film”

Drama

Written and directed by: Alexei Balabanov, camera: Sergei Astakhov, production designer: Sergei Karnet, sound: Galina Golubyeva, misic: Richard Wagner, G. Warren

Cast: Viktor Sukhorukov, Anzhelika Nevolina, Yevgeny Merkuryev, Georgy Teikh, Nikolai Lavrov

Loosely based on Samuel Beckett's play of the same title.

We see how the inner world of a man collapses when the world around him goes to pieces. We watch the degradation of the lead character who gives up love, friendship and basic moral standards because the society around him does not need these values. Gradually his ties to the world are getting thinner and thinner. One day he comes across a boat in a courtyard and lies down in it like in a coffin and closes the lid. At the end of the film we see the flooded streets of the city and a tram that comes to a dead stop.

1182 TRETYA PLANETA (THE THIRD PLANET)

1991, 99 min., color, ”Lenfilm”

Written and directed by: Aleksander Rogozhkin, camera: Nikolai Stroganov, production designers:Aleksander Zagoskin, Pavel Novikov, misic: Gennady Byelolipetsky, sound: Nikolai Astakhov

Cast: Anna Matyukhina, Boris Sokolov, Svetlana Mikhalchenko, Konstantin Polyansky, Gosha Pankratov

Sci-fi. Philosophic anti-utopia on the fragility of human life...

Anton is desperate. His daughter is suffering from a serious ailment and has been discharged from the clinic without any signs of improvement. He takes his last chance: he will try his luck in the so called “zone” — the site of a nuclear catastrophe that happened many years ago. Now this place is inhabited by strange human mutants. These people are super-healers and they are his last resort.

1183 ULYBKA (A SMILE)

1991, 97 min., color, “First and Experimental Film”

Phantasmagoria

Director: Sergei Popov, screenplay: Dmitry Lazarev, Sergei Popov, camera: Yuri Vorontsov, production designer: Oleg Tagel, misic: Arkady Gagulashvili, sound: Igor Terekhov

Cast: Natalya Lvova, Nadezhda Zharikova, Galina Zakhurdayeva, Pyotr Kozhavnikov, Igor Nikitin, Valery Poletayev, Viktor Gogolev

Loosely based on a book by Dmitry Lazarev.

Basically the film is set in a mental hospital. However, absurdity has no bounds. A man is just a random victim of the universal madness. In this world of total madness, the heroes of the film try to find answers and, moreover, they feel it necessary to give answers to the questions put before them.

1184 KHMEL (INTOXICATION)

1991, 246 min., 3 parts, color, “Ladoga”

Melodrama

Written and directed by: Viktor Tregubovich, camera: Ivan Bagayev, production designers: Stanislav Romanovsky, Andrei Vasin, misic: Vladlen Chistyakov, sound: Moris Vendrov

Cast: Fyodor Odinokov, Marina Vybornova, Alexander Blok, Andrei Ponomaryov, Viktor Tregubovich, Alexei Buldakov, Alexander Zavyalov, Yuri Dubrovin, Boris Arakelov, Viktor Bychkov

Loosely based on the novel by Alexei Cherkasov of the same title.

The film is set in 1827 in Siberia. The aristocrat, Loparev, has been convicted for participation in a revolt against tsar. He escapes from prison and takes refuge in a settlement of Old believers, the dissident Orthodox sect hiding in the forests from the persecution of the official church and state authorities. This film first opened the unknown world of the Old Believers, their customs and traditions. The film offers the vivid story of fatal love between Loparev and Yefimia, as well as the description of exceptional Russian characters, it meditates on the inevitable fall of tyranny.

1185 TSINIKI (CYNICS)

1991, 106 min., color, ”Lenfilm”, “Diapazon”, “Podmoskovye”

Melodrama

Director: Dmitry Meskhiyev, screenplay: Valery Todorovsky, camera: Yuri Shaigardanov, production designer: Vladimir Yuzhakov, misic: Vadim Golutvin, sound: Garri Belenky

Cast: Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Andrei Ilyin, Irina Rozanova, Viktor Pavlov, Yuri Belyayev, Sergei Batalov, Yekaterina Vasilyeva

Loosely based on Anatoly Marienhof’s novel of the same title. The hero of the film is a university professor, a historian and a bookworm. The heroine is a daughter of wealthy parents who emigrated from the country after the first decrees of Soviet power.

They are the so called 'blue blood', outcasts who can not adjust to realities of post-revolutionary life and to the “building of the new world.' The film offers a cynical view on the events that were taking place in Russia in 1918 — 1924.

1186 CHERNOYE I BELOYE (BLACK AND WHITE)

1991, 85 min., color, “Troitsky Most”, “Sovexportfilm”, “Elegant Logic”

Melodrama

Written and directed by: Boris Frumin, camera: Vladimir Il’yin, production designer: Mary Keith Willett, sound: Eduard Vanumts, Michel Carman

Cast: Yelena Shevchenko, Gilbert Giles, Patrick Godfry, Gina Dellio

A little Russian girl lost in a foreign country, makes friends with a black janitor, who is also another lonely outcast excluded from society.



  • The film was awarded the Second Prizr at the Art Film Festival in Rimini, Italy (1993).

1187 CHICHA (CHICHA)

1991, 88 min., color, “Golos”, “Rosich” Cinema Centre

Comedy

Director: Vitaly Melnikov, screenplay: Vladimir Vardunas, camera: Valery Mulgaut, production designer: Andrei Vasin, misic: Vadim Bibergan, sound: Asya Zvereva

Cast: Mikhail Dorofeyev, Nina Usatova, Sergei Sazont’yev, Borislav Brondukov, Lera Mulakevich, Misha Kabatov, Vanya Smirnov

The funny and moving story of Stepan Chichulin, the shy soloist in a provincial folk group, who has been imitating the voices of other singers all his life.



1188 CHEKIST (CHEKIST)

1991, 57 min., color, “Troitsky Most”, “La Sept” (Channel 7 of TV, France), “Sodaperaga” (France)

Tragic farce

Director: Alexander Rogozhkin, screenplay: Jacques Baynac, camera: Valery Mulgaut, production designer: Grigory Obraztsov, misic: Dmitry Pavlov, sound: Nikolai Astakhov

Cast: Igor Sergeyev, Alexei Poluyan, Mikhail Vasserbaum, Sergei Isanin, Vasily Domrachev, Alexander Medvedev, Nina Usatova

Loosely based on the novel “Chip” by Vladimir Zazubrin.

The film takes place in the gloomy days of the Red Terror when within a short period of time millions of people representing the best part of Russian society were executed without any investigation or trial. The film is centred on a psychological portrait of a executioner- a man who has power over both the murderers and their victims.

1189 SANKT-PETERBURG VES NA LADONI (ALL ST. PETERSBURG IN YOUR PALM)

1991, 27 min., color, ”Troitsky Most”

Documentary

Written and directed by: Vitaly Aksyonov, camera: Vladimir Smirnov, production designer: Stanislav Romanovsky, sound: Alexander Sysolyatin

A bird's eye view of the city



1190 RUSSKIY BALET BEZ ROSSII (RUSSIAN BALLET WITHOUT RUSSIA)

1991, 30 min., color, “Troitsky Most”

Documentary

Director: Pavel Kogan, screenplay: Erlena Karakoz, camera: Viktor

Mikhalchenko, production designer: Dmitry Volkov, sound: Sergei Litvyakov

A film about the destinies of those who fled Russia after the revolution of 1917. It is a reminiscence of turn of the century Russian ballet, when the world was amazed by this new wonder. On the screen we see very old people who gave their lives to the art: Nina Vyrubova, Nina Tikhonova, Marina Chelidova, Irina Grzhebina, Olga Debazil, Dmitry Bushen, Irina Nizhinskaya. Their names are very well known to all those who have every right to be proud of the great contribution of Russian art to the world ballet history.



1191 TANTSUYET FARUKH RUZIMATOV (FARUKH RUSIMATOV IS DANCING)

1991, 48 min., color, ”Troitsky Most”

Documentary

Written and directed by: Svetlana Chizhova, camera:Vasily Seryi, Yevgeny Guzeyev, production designer: Vladimir Gasilov, misic: Timur Kogan

The authors of the film take a close-up of Farukh Ruzimatov, a brilliant ballet soloist who successfully performed in America and Japan. The dancer's life is shown — long exhausting rehearsals that later result in the ethereal lightness of his dance on the stage, his attempts to seek his own style, his desire to express the music sounding in his heart through his dance, and his constant feeling of dissatisfaction with himself which is a distinctive feature of a true artist.



1192 CHELOVYEK SO SVALKI (A MAN FROM A GARBAGE DUMP)

1991, 4 parts, 285 min., color, “Petropol”, “Sojuztelefilm”

Melodrama

Director: Boris Gorlov, screenplay: Viktor Petrov, camera: Vladimir Kovzel, production designer: Vladislav Orlov, misic: Algirdas Paulavichus, sound: Alexander Bershadsky

Cast: Anatoly Kotenyov, Era Ziganshina, Yelena Kondratyeva, Alexander Lykov, Alexander Kavalerov, Svetlana Repitina, Pyotr Merkuryev

The story of Gerasim Dyagilev, a young man working at a factory in Siberia. In the 60's, when he was a child, he lived in a working class neighborhood located near the large municipal garbage dump. A strong willed boy, Gerasim makes several attempts to break away from his surroundings. He makes a brilliant career in sports, and becomes the European champion in boxing. However, the world of sports has its laws and one day Gerasim drops out from among the sport elite. 1984... He returns to his native town, to his mother's hut standing near the dump. He goes to pot, and starts drinking. However, his strong character saves him from complete degradation. He gets a job at the factory and marries a girl he went to school with.



1193 OTRAZHENIYE V ZERKALE (REFLECTION IN A MIRROR)

1992, 87 min., color “Lenfilm” with input from “Kanar” LTD

Psychological drama

Director: Svetlana Proskurina, screenplay: Andrei Chernykh, camera: Dmitry Mass, production designer: Yuri Pashigorev, misic: Vyacheslav Gaivoronsky, sound: Vladimir Persov

Cast: Viktor Proskurin, Inna Pivars, Yevgeniya Dobrovolskaya, Natalya Pavlova

The hero of the film is a well-known actor. Reflecting himself in the characters he plays on stage, in eyes of women, in the silent awe of the audience he looses touch with his ego. His attempts to reach his inner self are blocked by habits, illusions and self-deception. He behaves in a way that earlier would seem to him unthinkable and crazy. His life resembles a theatrical production, lost in search of lost reality — with no director, no author and no applause.



1194 ANGELY V RAYU (ANGELS IN HEAVENS)

1992, 98 min., color, ”Troitsky Most”, ”Ognon Pictures” National Centre of French Cinematography (Paris)

Social drama

Written and directed by: Yevgeny Lungin, camera: Valery Mulgaut, production designers: Sergei Kokovkin, Boris Petrushansky, misic: Andrei Makarevich, sound: Eduard Vanunts

Cast: Konstantin Gayekha, Yelena Svintsova, Dinara Drukarova, Andrei Tolubeyev, Vladimir Kabalin, Olga Volkova

Loosely based on Pyotr Kozhevnikov’s novel of the same title.

Story of silly youngsters living in the gloomy “stagnation” times, when lie was often presented as truth, ugliness — as beauty. Life of its heroes rather resembles hell — although they do not realize it. There will be no other life and they are content with this one — with its love, betrayal, death, fights, disco, vodka and vague uncertain future…

1195 NEOBYKNOVENNYYE PRIKLYUCHENIYA IBIKUSA V SANKT PETERBURGE (AMAZING ADVENTURES OF IBIKUS IN ST. PETERSBURG

1992, 81 min., color

Director: Roman Yershov, screenplay: Yevgeny Yurkov, Irina Gonchar, camera: Vladimri Vasilyev, production designer: Galina Lukina

Cast: Sergei Bekhterev, Natalya Fisson

Russian language course for foreigners.



1196 OSTROV MYURTVYKH (THE ISLAND OF THE DEAD)

1992, 86 min., color

Written and directed by: Oleg Kovalov, camera: Vladimir Snmirnov, production designer: V. Cheiskauskas, D. Pakhomov, sound: Garri Belyenky, Marina Polyanskaya, misic: Mozart, Beethoven, Meyerbeer, Saint-Saens, Bartok

Cinema variation on the theme of the Russian history of the beginning of the 20th century. A surrealistic collage where fragments from early Russian feature, documentary and animated films acquire a new unexpected meaning. The film is dedicated to the memory of Vera Kholodnaya, the famous Russian film star.



  • Grand-Prix, Open Russian film festival, Sochi, 1993

1197 PUSTELGA (A KESTREL)

1992, 87 min., color

Lyrical drama

Written and directed by: Sergei Rusakov, camera: Alexander Chugunov, production designer: Viktor Amelchenkov, music: Andrei Misin, sound: Garri Byelenky

Cast: Nina Ruslanova, Sergei Garmash, Galina Makarova, Igor Sukachev, Alyosha Igushkin, Roma Baryshev

The film is set in Russia in the ‘70s.

A boy nicknamed “Shumilka” (“Noisy”) lives in a remote village on a shore of a cold sea. A mischievous mocker with the soul of Charlie Chaplin, he dreams of the fame of the Great Mime. Loathing morals and manners of a small provincial town, its miserable and half drunk inhabitants, Shumilka is prepared to take vengeance on the surrounding world.


  • Prize for debut and Children’s Jury Prize “For the best film for youth” (Children international Film Festival, Moscow, 1994).

1198 VOLOGDA ROMANCE

1992, 85 min., colour, Lenfilm — “Vybor” (Lennauchfilm)

Scientific-popular

Director: Alexander Sidelnikov, screenplay: Alexander Sidelnikov, Anatoly Ekhalov, camera: Alexander Nazarov, music: Vladimir Sokolov, sound: Svetlana Akmanova

Footage shot by camera men Vacily Sery and Vladimir Petukhov is used in the film



  • Russian folk songs and romanes performed by engine-driver Vladimir Gromov, soloist of Kolon theater, engineer Konstantin Link (Buenos-Aires) etc. Mikhail Sopin reads his lyrics.

  • NIKA, annual professional prize for the best scientific-popular film (1993)

1199 VOSTOCHNY ROMAN (ORIENTAL ROMANCE)

1992, 92 min., color, “Golos”

Historic and social drama

Director: Viktor Titov, screenplay: Pavel Lungin, Aleksander Chervinsky, camera: Sergei Astakhov, production designers: Sergei Shemyakin, Yelena Zhukova, misic: Nikolai Martynov, sound: Nataliya Avanesova

Cast: Larisa Belogurova, Nikolai Yeryomenko, Jr., Armen Dzhigarkhanyan, Ramaz Chkhikvadze, Nonna Petrosyan, Olga Volkova

The story of the lead character of the film is the story of her rise and moral degradation. We see Mamlakat when she is a child, a young girl and a mature woman. A typical character of her epoch, she is stuffed with its slogans. Pursuing her goals she easily discards ethical standards. Her life was not an easy one: love, life with a man she did not love, a labor camp, again love and a reciprocal feeling, earthquakes, fires, post-war devastation. She ruins her own family and takes part in deceiving people of her country.



1200 NA IRTYSHE (ON THE BANKS OF THE IRTYSH)

1992, 58 min., color, “Troitsky Most”, “La Sept”, “Sodaperaga” (France)

Historical drama

Director: Vyacheslav Sorokin, screenplay: Jacques Baynac, camera: Nikolai Stroganov, production designer: Mikhail Gavrilov, sound: Alexei Shulga

Cast: Stepan Chaizov, Nikolai Pavlov, Viktor Gogolev, Yegor Chiglev, Viktor Khozyainov, Elena Rufanova

Loosely based on the novel by Sergei Zalygin of the same title.

The film is set in the tragic period in Russian history — the so called agricultural “collectivization”, when for the sake of a wrong idea agricultural land was ruthlessly confiscated from its true owners — Russian peasants, hard workers who were feeding the country.

1201 KLUCH (THE KEY)

1992, 58 min., color, ”Troitsky Most”, ”La Sept”, “Sodaperaga” (France)

Detective

Director: Pavel Chukhrai, screenplay: Jacques Baynac, camera: Ivan Bagayev, production designer: Sergei Kokovkin, sound: Oksana Strugina

Cast: Anatoly Kuznetsov, Anatoly Romashin, Veniamin Smekhov, Aleksander Kalyagin, Maryana Polteva, Alexei Serebryakov

Loosely based on Mark Aldanov’s novel of the same title.

The film is set in St. Petersburg in winter of 1917, on the eve of the February revolution. The secret police investigators, rich merchants and their families, journalists, bankers and military engineers live with the premonition of approaching disaster which will spare no one.

1202 TAINA (MYSTERY)

1992, 106 min., color, ”Russkoje Video” with the input from “Golos”

Detective story

Written and directed by: Gennady Beglov, camera: Aleksander Chechulin, production designer: Mikhail Gavrilov, misic: Boris Grabovskiy, sound: Maxim Belovolov

Cast: Povilas Gaidis, Natalya Fateyeva, Povilas Stankus, Sergei Mezhov, Laima Kernyute, Vitautas Kantsleris, Era Ziganshina

Private detective Sam Patrick has to solve the mystery of an old chest lost in the house belonging to an ex-pilot. The atmosphere is getting very tense, one murder is followed by another until Sam Patrick himself almost falls a victim of this intrigue...



1203 GADZHO (GADZHO)

1992, 90 min., color, “Panorama”, “Lenfilm”

Melodrama

Director: Dmitry Svetozarov, screenplay: Dmitry Svetozarov, Mikhail Popov, camera: Alexander Ustinov, Valery Revich, production designer: Yelena Zhukova, misic: Timur Kogan, sound: Konstantin Zarin, gipsy songs rendition: Aliona Buzylyova

Cast: Sergei Bekhterev, Natalya Inozemtseva, Sasha Chorny, Stefan Sukhovsky, Lidia Oglu, Lazar Tumarkin, Nikolai Trofimov

The hero of the film, Rodion Chechunov, a musician playing in a small provincial operetta orchestra falls in love with a beautiful gipsy. He leaves his family and joins the wandering gipsy band. He finds neither new home, nor love -only pity. For the gipsy people he will always remain “Gadzho” – the stranger...



1204 POSLEDNYAYA TARANTELLA (THE LAST TARANTELLA)

1992, 36 min., color, “Petropol”, “Accord-film”

Film-ballet

Written and directed by: Alexander Belinsky, camera: Eduard Rozovsky, production designer: Natalya Vasilyeva, misic: Timur Kogan, sound: Natalya Avanesova

Cast: Olga Chenchikova, Anna Plisetskaya, Makhar Vazilev, Masha Vazileva, Gali Abaidulov, Nikolai Kovmir

Loosely based on Maxim Gorky’s “Tales of Italy”



1205 DNEVNIK NAIDENNIY V GROBY (DIARY FOUND IN A COFFIN)

1992, 110 min., color, ”Barmaley”, ”Lenfilm”, “Gambit Production”(Poland)

Written and directed by: Jan Kidawa-Blonsky, Iatsek Kondratsky, Zenen Oleinichak, camera: Zdzhislav Naida, production designer: Barbara Novak, Vlad Orlov, misic: Mikhail Lorents

Cast: Olaf Lobashenko, Olga Kabo, Marzhena Trybala, Katarina Skrzhinetska, Anna Maicher, Edward Linde-Lyubashenko, Boguslav Linda

An eccentric Melodrama with a tragic end.



1206 KAMEN (STONE)

1992, 83 min., b/w, ”Lenfilm”, “Piermskaya kinostudiya”

Drama

Director: Alexandr Sokurov, screenplay: Yuri Arabov, camera: Alexander Burov, production designer: Vladislav Solovyev, music from pieces by Piotr Tchaikovsky, W.-A. Mozart, Gustav Mahler, sound: Vladimir Persov

Cast: Leonid Mozgovoy, Pyotr Alexandrov, Vadim Semyonov

The main character of the film, the Guest, returns after his death to his house, guarded by the young Watchman. The only other alive creature near him is the crane...



1207 ZAL OZHIDANIYA (WAITING ROOM)

1992, 58 min., color, ”Troitsky Most”, “La Sept”, “Sodaperaga” (France)

Drama

Director: Roza Orynbasarova, screenplay: Alexander Belsky, Rosa

Orynbasarova, camera: Sergei Lando, production designer: Alexander Boronkin, misic: Andrei Sigle, sound: Boris Andreyev

Cast: Alexander Chaban, Andrey Pavlovets, Alexander Vedyakin, Felix Agadzanyan, Veronica Bel'skaya

The new rich businessmen and entrepreneurs, “the new Russians” who have the power to restore the city’s past glory. It is not easy for them to find common language with vulnerable St. Petersburg intellectuals, accustomed to their life full of troubles in the old dilapidated city and fearful of the “coming brutes”.



1208 RAKET (RACKET)

1992, 175 min., 5 parts, color, “Vilon”, “Petropol”, “Ekran”

Thriller

Director: Ernest Yasan, screenplay: Viktor Merezhko, camera: Ivan Bagayev, production designer: Eduard Isayev, misic: Sergei Banevich, sound: Mikhail Viktorov

Cast: Vladimir Yeryomin, Sergei Shkalikov, Natalya Danilova, Anna Samokhina, Irina Klimova, Viktor Ilyichov, Alexander Demyanenko

A popular TV reporter Alexei Kornilov who covers the most sensational city news, often shows people who would rather prefer to keep in the background. The film begins with the scene of funerals of the head of the city. However, Kornilov’s reportage of this event is not shown in the TV news and the man who could shed some light on this situation is found dead. Kornilov begins his own investigation of the murder.

Capitain Glazkov, an Afghan war veteran and now the deputy chief of the police department for fight with organized crime, helps Kornilov. They trace a criminal group that unites former Party functionaries, merchants and corrupt members of city administration... A tough struggle begins...

1209 TARTYUF (LE TARTUFFE)

1992, 95 min., color, “Petropol”, “Sojuztelefilm”, “Assotsiatsiya Sankt-Peterburg”

A musical

Director: Yan Frid, screenplay: Yan Frid, Boris Ratser, Vladimir

Konstantinov, camera: Nikolai Stroganov, production designer: Alexandr Rudyakov, misic: Gennady Gladkov, sound: Eduard Vanunts

Cast: Mikhail Boyarsky, Larisa Udovichenko, Vladislav Strzhelchik, Irina Muravyova, Igor Sklyar, Viktoria Gorshenina, Igor Dmitriyev, Anna Samokhina, German Orlov, Alexander Samokhin

Loosely based on Jean-Baptiste Moliere’s comedy “Le Tartuffe”

“We are lucky that there fools in this world”, sings Tartuffe about the family of Orgon. Authors of the film believe that stupidity is the greatest misfortune — it allows all the tartuffes, swindlers and crooks to triumph over honest people. Lively colourful film is immensely popular among wide range of viewers.

1210 OKNO V PARIZH (A WINDOW TO PARIS)

1992, 120 min., color, ”Films du Bouloi”, “La Sept” (France), “Fontan”, “Troitsky Most”, INEX

Fantastic comedy

Director: Yuri Mamin, Vladimir Vardunas, screenplay: Yuri Mamin, Arkady Tigai, Vladimir Vardunas, Vyacheslav Leikin, camera: Sergei Nekrasov, Anatoly Lapshov, production designer: Vera Zelinskaya, sound: Leonid Gavrichenko

Cast: Agnes Sorel, Sergei Dontsov (Dreiden), Viktor Mikhailov, Nina Usatova, Andrei Urgant, Kira Kreilis-Petrova, Yelena Drapeko

After a heavy drinking party several people living in a dreadful St.

Petersburg communal apartment find in it a window that opens...on Paris. This is the beginning of a series of funny adventures

of the Russians in the “city of their dreams” and of incredible

experience of French “guests” on the banks of the Neva river. Russian

personages of the film enjoy their wanderings down Paris streets while the French go through all the ordeals of every day life in Russia...



  • The film was awarded the Prize for the Film Director’s Work at the KINOSHOK Festival in Anapa (1993); the Special Prize of “Yunge Welt” news-paper at the International Film Festival in Berlin (1994).

1211 SOTVORENIYE ADAMA (CREATION OF ADAM)

1992, 93 min., color, ”Javashir Kamandar”, “Neva”, ”Lenfilm”

Melodrama

Director: Yuri Pavlov, screenplay: Vladimir Maslov, Vitaly Moskalenko, camera: Sergei Machilsky, production designer: Mikhail Suzdalov, misic:Andrei Sigle, sound: Alexander Bershadsky

Cast: Saulyus Balandis, Sergei Vinogradov, Irina Metlitskaya, Anzhelika Nevolina, Alexander Strizhenov

The guardian angel comes to Andrei in one of the most miserable days of his life. The angel calls himself Filipp and looks like an ordinary man. Andrei who takes all his words and actions for a stupid and cruel joke, tries to avoid Filipp. Gradually, endless patience and loving care of Filipp stir the deep emotion of love in Andrei’s heart. Filipp disappears but the brief encounter has changed Andrei, allowed him to discover his vast resources of love and humanism and to obtain confidence in himself.



1212 NEVESTA IZ PARIZHA (BRIDE FROM PARIS)

1992, 85 min., color, “Diapazon”, “Lenfilm”

Comic melodrama

Director: Otar Dugladze, screenplay: Boris Ratzer, Vladimir

Konstantinov, Otar Dugladze, camera: Alexander Chirov, production designer: Alexei Fedotov, misic: Oleg Khromushin, sound: Galina Gorbonosova

Cast: Galina Polskikh, Nikolai Trofimov, Stanislav Sadalsky, Alexandra Zakharova, Andrei Sokolov

This story began when Madame Dubois, a tourist from Paris, broke her heel on a St. Petersburg street and went in a shoe repair shop. Some time later the family of one of the workers of the shop plays host to Orlette — a young niece of Madame Dubois.



1213 UDACHI VAM, GOSPODA! (GOOD LUCK, GENTLEMEN!)

1992, 102 min., color, “Lenfilm”-“2-B-2” production

A comedy

Director: Vladimir Bortko, screenplay: Vladimir Bortko, Nataliya Bortko, Arkady Inin, Semyon Altov, camera: Vladimir Kovzel, production designer: Marksen Gaukhman-Sverdlov, misic: Vladimir Dashkevich, sound:Garry Belenky

Cast: Nikolai Karachentsev, Andris Zhagars, Darya Mikhailova, Viktor Pavlov, Bronislav Brondukov, Valentina Talyzina, Valentina Kovel, Semyon Furman

Two Afghan war veterans and a young provincial girl who is dreaming to become an actress unite in an effort to survive and to achieve success in life. After a series of adventures all their wishes come true — but in a different way... Vladimir marries Olga and Oleg becomes a successful businessman.



1214 STRANNYE MUZHCHINY SEMYONOVOY YEKATERINY (STRANGE MEN OF SEMYONOVA YEKATERINA)

1992, 152 min., 2 parts, color, ”Ladoga”, “Lenfilm”

Criminal melodrama

Director: Viktor Sergeyev, screenplay: Andrei Romanov, camera: Sergei Sidorov, Anatoly Rodionov, production designers: Yevgeny Gukov, Boris Poroshin, misic: Andrei Petrov, sound: Asya Zvereva

Cast: Natalya Fisson, Alexander Abdulov, Andrei Sokolov, Yuri Kuznetsov, Nikolai Lavrov, Alexander Khochinsky

The main character of the film, Katerina, is a drama theatre actress.

Far from being a star, awkward, eccentric and extravagant she is capable of working rare wonders — the wonders of compassion, kindness, selflessness and love, reminding us the old truth: our salvation is in ourselves — if only we could come to our senses and remember that we are human beings.

1215 DEREVNYA KHLYUPOVO VYKHODIT IZ SOYUZA (THE VILLAGE OF KHLYUPOVO SEPARATES FROM THE SOVIET UNION)

1992, 88 min., color, ”Baltfilm”, “Lenfilm”

Satirical comedy

Director: Anatoly Vekhotko, screenplay: Gennady Chernayev, camera: Valentin Sidorin, production designer: Alexander Grebaus, misic: Igor Tzvetkov, sound: Yevgeny Nesterov, Irina Volkova

Cast: Georgy Shtil, Katya Chernayeva, Sergei Isavnin, Lyudmila Tishchenko, Igor Yefimov

Once upon a time in one large country there was a village Khlyupovo. And one day all the residents of the village — young and old — got so sick and tired of all the ministers with and without portfolios that they decided that their village should separate from the country.



1216 KOMEDIYA STROGOGO REZHIMA (A PRISON COMEDY)

1992, 78 min., color, ”Crown”, “Igris”, “Lenfilm”

Grotesque comedy

Director: Vladimir Studennikov, Mikhail Grigoryev, screenplay: Vladimir Studennikov, Mikhail Grigoryev, camera: Anatoly Lapshov, production design: Yuri Pashigorev, Pavel Parkhomenko, misic: Viktor Pleshak, sound: Leonid Gavrichenko

Cast: Viktor Sukhorukov, Ivan Krivoruchko, Lev Kubarev, Stanislav Kantsevich, Nadezhda Zharikova, Viktor Mikhailov, Viktor Solovyov

Loosely based on Sergey Dovlatov’s story “Zone”

On the eve of the all-union festival, the centenary of Lenin’s birthday, attempting to win attention of higher authorities administration of a Colony decides to stage in the prison a play on October revolution.


  • Engrossed in their roles the inmates start thinking and acting like the personages they play on the stage. The actor Viktor Sukhorukov was awarded the Prize for the Besr Actor’s Work at the III Russian Film Festival in Onfleur, France.

1217 DYM (SMOKE)

1992, 183 min., color, TV film, 3 parts, ”Petropol”, “Ekran”, ”Polifon Film und Fernsee, GmBH”

Melodrama

Director: Ayan Shakhmaliyeva, screenplay: Nataliya Ryazantseva, camera:Sergei Yurizditsky, production designers: Georgy Kropachev, Adreas Lupp, misic: Vadim Bibergan, sound: Eduard Vanunts

Cast: Larisa Menshova, Vladislav Vetrov, Alexander Romantsov, Stanislav Lyubshin, Oksana Kiryushchenko, Alla Meshcheryakova, Viktor Stepanov, Tatyana Vasilyeva, Sergei Bekhterev, Gali Abaidulov

Loosely based on the novel “Smoke” by Ivan Turgenev.



1218 LABIRINT LYUBVI (LABYRINTH OF LOVE)

1992, 91 min., color, ”Nautilus” with input from Kombank Murman, “Lenfilm”

Melodrama

Written and directed by: Tamara Lapigina, camera: Valery Mironov, production designer: Boris Kozlov, misic: Andrei Sigle, sound: Larisa Maslova

Cast: Maria Ignatova, Alexander Baluyev, Andrei Tolubeyev, Alexander Dolsky

The heroine of the film, Yelena, comes to the Baltic sea coast to visit her friend. In spite of all her efforts she can not tear actor Shuvalov out of her heart. Her vacation is over and she returns to her daily routine — the hectic world of film-making. During shooting of a film Shuvalov is killed. Yelena can not find her way out of the impasse.



1219 DVADTSAT VTOROVO IYUNYA, ROVNO V CHETYRE CHASA (ON JUNE 22, AT 4 A.M. SHARP)

1992, 91 min., color

Melodrama

Director: Boris Galkin, screenplay: Vadim Trunin, camera: Igor Bogdanov, production designer: Yelena Galkina, sound: Aleksei Shulga

Cast: Sergei Parshin, Alexander Parshin, Irina Rozanova, Antonina Shuranova, Natalya Dikareva, Nikolai Kryukov

It is not a war film, it is a film about happiness lost. So many of these people — brimming over with life, kind, loving and loved, will be separated forever by World War II. The last minutes before the outbreak of the war: the clock on a lively square of a sunlit southern town shows 4 a.m., June 22, 1941.



1220 LESTNITSA SVETA (STAIRCASE OF LIGHT)

1992, 88 min., color, “Universal-film, Ltd”, The Baltic Trade and Industry House, “Liquid-film” (Ireland), “Lenfilm”

Melodrama

Written and directed by: Gerard Michael McCarthy, camera: Valery Martynov, production designer: Vladimir Yuzhakov, misic:Neil Burn, sound: Yelena Demidova

Cast: Zhenya Korkhin, Igor Kostolevsky, Viktoria Korkhina, Andrei Urgant, Inga Ilm

The story of an 11-year old Petersburg boy Misha Orlov and his mother Julia. Misha loves watching “Murderer”, the TV psychological serial. “Once he sees the car of actor Borodin, who plays the main character in the serial and follows him up to the film studio. The boy meets people belonging to the “dreamland of cinema” and watches the process of shooting films.

Looking for her son Julia comes to the studio, meets Borodin and falls in love with him...

Julia gives up her job of a waitress, which she feels sick and tired of, and starts working at the studio. Her sudden death breaks the usual cinema illusion. However, Misha, still living in the psychological world of “Murderer” has already made up his mind: he would destroy this place, which produces nightmares instead of dreams…



1221 ELEGIYA IZ ROSSII (ELEGY FROM RUSSIA)

1992, 70 min., color, joint production of Russian Cinematography Committee, “Lenfilm”, St.Petersburg Documentary Film Studio

Documentary

Written and directed by: Alexander Sokurov, camera: Alexander Burov, misic: Pyotr Chaikovsky, sound: Vladimir Persov, photography:Maxim Dmitriyev

Russia, end of the 19th century, European news-reels, beginning of the 20th century.

Natural combination of documentary and poetic elements is a characteristic feature of Sokurov’s films. The sound, the image and photographs of the end of the 19th century Russia are intertwined to create an artistic symbol, making us nostalgic for the past times which we have never seen or experienced...

1222 MY YEDEM V AMERIKU (WE ARE GOING TO AMERICA)

1992, 123 min., color, ”Universal-film”, “Unirem-film”(Switzerland) with input from “Lenfilm”

Melodrama

Director: Yefim Gribov, screenplay: Yefim Gribov, Arkady Krasilshchikov, camera: Pavel Barsky, Denis Shcheglovsky, production designer: Yelena Amshinskaya, misic: Mikhail Gluz, sound: Aliakper Gasan-Zade

Cast: Dima Davydov, Lubov Rumyantseva, Semyon Strugachev, Vadim Danilevsky, Danuta Slavgorodska, Baiba Kranats

Loosely based on Sholom Aleichem’s story “Mottle Boy”.

The lead character of the film, set at the end of the 19th — beginning of the 20th century, is an eleven- year- old Jewish boy with an amazingly fantastic concept of the world and people around him.

1223 ORLANDO (ORLANDO)

1992, 92 min., color, ”Adventure Pictures”(London) with the input from “Lenfilm”

Fantastic drama

Written and directed by: Sally Porter, camera: Alexei Rodionov, production designers: Ben Van Os, Jan Rolfse, sound: Jean Louis Duquari

Cast: Tilda Swinton, Billy Zahne, Lothar Bluto, John Wood, Charlotta Valandri, Hithcout Williams, Alexander Medvedev

Loosely based on Virginia Wolf’s novel “Orlando”.

Tells the story of the person who is travelling in time. He has been living for 400 years — at first in the disguise of a man, later — in that of a woman.

1224 NIKOTIN (NICOTINE)

1992, 70 min., b/w, ”Salamat”, ”Centre”, ”Lenfilm”

Melodrama

Director: Yevgeny Ivanov, screenplay: Sergei Dobrotvorsky, Maxim

Pezhemsky, camera: Valery Martynov, production designer: Vladimir Yuzhakov, misic: Sergei Kuriokhin, sound: Aliakper Gasan-Zade

Cast: Natalya Fisson, Igor Chernevich, Oleg Kovalov

The story narrated by Jean-Luc Godard in his famous “A Bout de

Souffle” has been transferred by the film director into modern St.

Petersburg. A boy meets a girl and she betrays him.This simple fairy-tale is plunged into the atmosphere of screen myths and legends.



1225 DITYA (CHILD)

1992, 56 min., color, “Troitsky Most”, “La Sept”, “Sodaperaga” (France)

Drama

Director: Viktor Titov, screenplay: Jacques Baynac, camera: Sergei Astakhov, production designers: Sergei Shemyakin, Yelena Zhukova, sound:Natalya Avanesova

Cast: Natalya Danilova, Andrei Pavlovets, Alexander Zavyalov, Armen Mirzakhanyan, Berch Bokhosyan

Loosely based on Vsevolod Ivanov’s short story of the same title.

The small episode of the cruel civil war times, story of defenselessness of human life in front of unreasoning violence.

1226 CHKHAYA O “SAIGONE” (A TALE OF “SAIGON” IN AN OFFHAND MANNER)

1992, 27 min., color, ”Lenfilm”, “Kinodocument”

Combination of a documentary and a feature film

Written and directed by: Vladimir Vitukhnovsky, camera: Valentin Sidorin, Sergei Nekrasov, sound: Sergei Vartsan



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