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Participating: Yevgeny Pritsker, Andrei Gnezdnikov, Viktor Krivulin, Mikhail Petrenko

In the 60’s the cafe nicknamed “Saigon” was the favourite meeting place of Lenigrad artistic youth, belonging to the generation of Brodsky, Dovlatov, Shemyakin. These people represented the so called “second culture”. The cafe does not exist any longer, as there does not exist the underground art. However, there are people in St. Petersburg who still belong to “Saigon” and continue to live in accord with the “carnival” art traditions. The film gives a series of portraits of the most colorful representatives of the “second culture”.



1227 GREKH NERASKAYANNY (SIN WITHOUT REMORSE)

1992, 46 min., b/w, ”Lenfilm”

Journalistic feature film

Written and directed by: Yuri Afanasyev-Shirokov, camera: Yevgeny Shermergor, misic: Vladislav Panchenko, sound: Svetlana Akmanova, Sergei Abramov

Participating: I.P. Zhukov, M.Z. Bratilov, L.F. Grigoryev, A.F. Malugin, F.K. Tokarev

The film is based on real facts related to the Stalinist era of the

30’s  40’s and is about real people: police informer, NKVD executioners, sons of the killed man and his executioner. Action of the film takes place in 1991, in Minusinsk, a provincial town in southern Siberia. What are the thoughts and feelings of these horrible old people, whose life will soon be over, who are standing on its last threshold?

1228 RAZBORCHIVY ZHENIKH (A FASTIDIOUS FIANCEE)

1992, 98 min., color, ”Petropol”, “Lenfilm” with input from “Ekran”

Lyrical comedy

Director: Sergei Mikaelyan, screenplay: Sergei Mikaelyan, Alexander

Vasinsky, camera: Eduard Rozovsky, production designer: Boris Burgomistrov, misic: Yuri Loza, sound: Igor Terekhov

Cast: Alexander Lykov, Yulia Menshova, Anna Matyukhina, Alexander Blok, Sergei Vybornov

Dima is so different from a typical modern cinema hero that sometimes he seems to be an extraterrestrial. He is stubbornly seeking for a true love and in his search is ready to go as far as Italy where one of his “ideals” fled to. His friends are honestly trying to help Dima which only leads to a series of incredible adventures.



1229 SNY O ROSSII (KODAYU) (DREAMS OF RUSSIA (KODAYU)

1992, 124 min., color, ”Daiei Co., Ltd “, “Dentsu Inc.” (Japan), “Lenfilm”

A historical film

Director: Dzunya Sato, screenplay: Tatsuo Nogami, Fumio Konami, Dzunya Sato, camera: Matsuo Naganumo, production designers: Hiroshi Tokuda, Valery Yutkevich, misic: Masaru Hoshi, sound: Jasuo Hashimoto

Cast: Ken Ogata, Tosiyuki Nishida, Marina Vladi, Oleg Yankovsky, Yevgeny Yevstigneyev, Yelena Arzhanik, Yuri Solomin, Takudzo Pavatani

Loosely based on the novel by Yasusi Inoue.

This amazing trip started on December 13, 1782 when captain Deikokuya Kodayu with sixteen sailors went on sailing along the coast of Japan. Having suffered a shipwreck near the Siberian coast the captain and his crew find themselves in the horrible reality of the 18th century Russia and go through a number of extraordinary adventures, full of sufferings, love, despair and wonders. Nobody expected that a several day trip will turn into nine years of wanderings, big losses and misfortunes.

1230 BARABANIADA (TALE OF A DRUM)

1993, 93 min., color

Written and directed by: Sergei Ovcharov, camera: Alexander Ustinov, production designers: Yevgeny Gukov, Viktor Ivanov, sound: Konstantin Zarin

Cast: Alexander Polovtsev, Andrei Urgant, Viktor Semenovsky

A drummer of a funeral orchestra comes into a possession of a “Stradivarius” drum and can not get rid of the instrument. The drum follows its owner in good and bad times and when the drummer looses his job the drum keeps following him in his wanderings all over the Soviet Union standing on the verge of crisis. This is the story of a “Russian Buster Keaton”, who gets out of one tragicomic situation only to get into another. There is no spoken text in the film. The music by Beethoven, Mozart, Minkus, Mussorgsky, Gavrilin and Glinka.



  • The film was awarded the Special Prize of the Jury and the Christian Jury Prize of the International Film Festival in Moscow (1993); the Prize for the Film Director’s Work in the Art Film Contest at the Open Russian Film Festival in Sochi (1993); “The Golden Eagle” – the Grand Prix of the International Film Festival in Georgia (1993); the Crystal Prize at the “Arsenal” International Film Festival in Riga (1994)

1231 GOLUBYYE TANTSOVSHCHITSY (BLUE DANCERS)

1993, color, video, 30 min

Written and directed by: Dmitry Svetozarov, idea by: Timur Kogan, camera: Alexander Ustinov, production designer: Olga Zhukova, misic: Timur Kogan, sound: Konstantin Zarin, choreographer: Oleg Ignatyev

Cast: Larisa Lezhnina, Yuri Andreyev

Choreographic version of the famous American film “The Waterloo Bridge”. The role of Maira is performed by Larisa Lezhnina, a rising star of the Mariinsky Theatre.



1232 DRUG VOINY (A FRIEND OF WAR)

1993, 27 min., b/w

Written and directed by: Gennady Novikov, camera: Alexander Korneyev, sound: Alexander Sysolyatin

Cast: Sergei Dontsov, Maxim Konovalchuk, German Zhuravlyov, Viktor Krivonos

Based on Albert Camus’s story “Letters of the German Friend”.



1233 “BOZHE, OSVETI NAS LITSOM TVOIM” (“LORD, LET YOUR FACE SHINE A LIGHT ON US”)

1993, 60 min., color

Documentary

Written and directed by: Vladimir Dyakonov, camera: Vladimir Dyakonov, sound: Leonid Lerner

The film tells about contemporary Russian Orthodox Church icon painters, about wonder-working icons and their impact on people and surrounding world.

One of the main heroes of the film is father Zenon, the Archimandrite of Pskov-Pechersky Monastery.


  • 2nd price at The Open non-feature film festival “Russia” (full length) Ekaterinburg, 1993.

1234 PROKLYATIYE DURAN (THE CURSE OF DURAN)

1993, 120 min., color, TV

Director: Viktor Titov, screenplay: Vyachslav Verbin, Viktor Titov, camera: Dmitry Maas, production designer: Yelena Zhukova, misic: Viktor Lebedev, sound: Eleonora Kazanskaya

Cast: Yevgeny Platokhin, Ivan Latyshev, Konstantin Komarov, Alexei Nilov, Irina Sabanova, Nikolai Kabanov, Gennady Voropayev, Lidia menshikova, Yelena Korikova, Nikolai Lavrov, Olga Antonova, Olga Samoshina, Alexander Zavyalov, Yulia Aug

Adventure story loosely based on Ponson du Terrail’s novel “Adventures of Rocambole”.



1235 VIVA, CASTRO! (VIVA CASTRO!)

1993, 75 min., color, SPHERA, “Star-kino-video”, Roskomkino with the input from “Lenfilm”

Detective

Written and directed by: Boris Frumin, camera: Sergei Yurizditsky, production designer: Yuri Pashigorev, misic: Viktor Lebedev, sound: Galina Lukina, Oksana Strugina

Cast: Pavel Zharkov, Yuliya Sobolevskaya, Sergei Dontsov, Olga Bykova, Sergei Snezhkin, Anatoly Slivnev, Valentin Ushakov, Natalya Kononova, Sasha Baikov, Yuri Oskin, Arkady Tigai

Antique coins have been stolen from a Leningrad museum. Matvei Levitin, the suspect, disappears during the investigation of the case. Failing to find him the police arrests his wife. When a year later his mortally ill father returns, Kolya tries to arrange for him a meeting with his mother, using the opportunity of expected visit of Cuban leader Fidel Castro to the town of Gatchina.



  • The actress Yuliya Sobolevskaya was awarded the Jury Prize for the Actor’s Debut at the Open Russian Film Festival in Sochi 1994.

1236 VLADIMIR SVYATOY (SAINT VLADIMIR)

1993, 70 min., color, “DALEX”, “NEVA”

Historical drama

Director: Yuri Tomoshevsky, screenplay: Yelena Dzhordzh, camera: Alexander Ustinov, production designer: Mikhail Suzdalov, music from pieces: by Alfred Shnitke, sound: Boris Andreyev

Cast: Vladislav Strzhelchik, Natalya Danilova, Sergei Dontsov(Dreiden), Yelena Dzhordzh, Oleg Melnik, Irina Arlageva

The year of 1015. Kiev. It is night. Vladimir, the prince of Kiev, is lying on his deathbed. He recollects the past times. In his restless mind he continues his last combat with his rebellious wife — pagan Rogneda.



1237 GREKH. ISTORIYA STRASTI (SIN. STORY OF PASSION)

1993, 105 min., color, “Nikola-film” with the input from “Lenfilm”

Melodrama

Director: Viktor Sergeyev, screenplay: Yevgeny Kozlovsky, camera: Dan Shmelev, Pavel Lebeshev, production designer: Yevgeny Gukov, misic: Eduard Artemyev, sound: Asya Zvereva

Cast: Alexander Abdulov, Olga Ponizova, Boris Kluyev, Olga Antonova, Nina Ruslanova, Valentin Nikulin, Sergei Snezhkin, Vladimir Soshalsky, Georgy Matrirosyan, Andrei Urgant

Love story of a monk Agafangel (original name — Sergei) and a young girl Ninka does not have much to do with the notion of love. Father Agafangel is haunted by the horror of crime committed in his young days which eventually leads to tragic denouement and later continues to haunt Ninka who takes the veil and prays the God to forgive her sin.



1238 ZHIZN S IDIOTOM (LIVING WITH AN IDIOT)

1993, 68 min., color, “Troitsky Most”

Drama

Written and directed by: Alexander Rogozhkin, camera: Valery Mulgaut, production designer: Viktor Zhelobinsky, sound: Nikolai Astakhov

Cast: Anzhelika Nevolina, Alexander Romantsov, Sergei Migitsko, Viktor Bychkov, Viktor Mikhailov, Viktor Khozyainov, Yuri Serov, Mikhail Kirilyuk, Olga Samoshina

The film is based on Viktor Yerofeyev’s novel of the same title.

An intellectual, for humanitarian reasons, takes and idiot to his house. He regards it as a kind of his mission. However, life with an idiot is full of surprises...Neither the lead character — the intellectual, nor his young wife were prepared to the seduction by violence in the face of the raving lunatic.

1239 KON BELY (WHITE HORSE)

1993, 10 parts, 52 min each, color, “Lada-Bank”, “Lada-2”, “Diapazon” (”Lenfilm”)

Historical drama

Written and directed by: Geliy Ryabov, camera: Oleg Plaksin, production designer: Yelizaveta Urlina, misic: Dmitry Smirnov, sound: Yelena Demidova, Eleonora Kazanskaya

Cast: Gennady Glagolev, Anatoly Guzenko, Veronika Izotova, Vladimir Simonov, Yekaterina Belikova, Elina Suvorova, Valery Doronin, Anatoly Petrov, Alexander Baluyev, Andrei Krasko, Igor Kartashov, Anna Afanasyeva, Geliy Sysoyev, Vladimir Belousov, Nikolai Burov

The film tells the story of Admiral Kolchak’s coming to power and tragic circumstances of his death, about exodus of the White Army and many other historical events. It also tells about the tragic end of Russian Royal Family and about the investigation of their execution conducted by investigator Sokolov on the instructions of Kolchak.



1240 MADEMUAZEL O (MADEMOISELLE O)

1993, 92 min., color, “TelFrance” (France), “Petropol”(Russia)

Melodrama

Director: Jerome Fulon, screenplay: Sandra Joks, Jerome Fulon, camera; Valery Martynov, production designer: Mikhail Suzdalov, misic: Isaak Shvarts

Cast: Maite Nair, Yelena Safonova, Alexander Arbat, Vernon Dobcheff, Anton Mineshkin, Grisha Haustov, Sergei Bekhterev, Alexander Baranov

Based on Vladimir Nabokov’s short story.

The film tells about the early years of Vladimir Nabokov and his brother Sergei which coincided with revolutionary events of the beginning of the 20th century. These events sharply changed the world history as well as the live of the Nabokovs. Despite the tragic episodes of Nabokov’s youth (the tragic death of his father, the death of Maksim, an associate and friend of Nabokov, Sr.) love is the main subject of the film

1241 NAD TYOMNOY VODOY (OVER THE DARK WATER)

1993, 96 min., color, “Aurora-film” (Germany), “Nikola-film” with the input from “Lenfilm”

Melodrama

Director: Dmitry Meskhiyev, screenplay: Valery Todorovsky, camera: Pavel Lebeshev, production designer: Natalya Kochergina, misic: Sergei Kuryokhin, sound: Kirill Kuzmin

Cast: Kseniya Kachalina, Alexander Abdulov, Yuri Kuznetsov, Tatyana Lyutayeva, Vladimir Ilyin, Viktor Pavlov, Sergei Kuryokhin, Ivan Chuzhoy (Okhlobystin)

This is the legend of the intellectuals of the 60’s, full of direct and hidden references to the cinema of the 60’s, and, above all, to the creative work of Marlen Khutsiyev.

This is the film about a man who always wanted to live a different life, but lived the life he had.

He wanted to love truly, but was unfaithful, he wanted to be a good friend, but betrayed his friends. It is the love story of parents told by their children — with love.



1242 OSTROVA (ISLANDS)

1993, 91 min., color, “Kinodokument”, “Lenfilm”, “SHIN-EIZO” (Japan)

Feature-documentary

Director: Semyon Aranovich, Hiroshi Ozuka, screenplay: Semyon Aranovich, camera: Sergei Astakhov, Koshiro Ozu, Igor Plaksin, production designer: Viktor Okovity, misic: Oleg Karavaichuk, Alexander Knaifel, sound: Galina Gorbonosova, Osami Fukuoka

The film offers two points of view (of current inhabitants and of the natives) on the problem of the Kuril islands.



  • The film was awarded the Second Prize of the “Balticum Film” International Festival in Bornholm, Denmark (1994); the Prize of the Aecumenic Jury of the “Message to Man” Documentary Film Festival in St.Petersburg (1994)

1243 PAROM “ANNA KARENINA” (“ANNA KARENINA” FERRY)

1993, min., color

Melodrama

Director: Alexandra Yakovleva-Aasmyae, screenplay: Grigory Filimonov, camera: Yuri Shaigardanov, misic: Isaak Shvarts

Cast: Alexandra Yakovleva- Aasmyae, Yuri Belyayev, Saulus Balandis, Lidiya Fedoseyeva-Shukshina, Andrei Ponomarev, Yevgeny Sidikhin, Valery Nosik

Zhenya, a reporter at the St. Petersburg TV studio, meets a parachute-jumper — a kind, loving and absolutely decent fellow. Bored with his virtues the heroine marries a famous journalist who continues to play dirty tricks on the parachute-jumper. Finally, Zhenya comes to her senses and asks an old friend to help her. Her friend, the director of a shipping company, first helps the parachute-jumper to leave the country and later helps Zhenya to find her beloved one in Hamburg.



1244 PLENNIKI UDACHI (PRISONERS OF LUCK)

1993, 80 min., color, “Lenfilm”, PARAMEDIA with the input from ROSKOMKINO

Burlesque comedy

Director: Maksim Pezhemsky, screenplay: Viktor Petrovich, Maksim Pezhemsky, camera: Ilya Demin, production designers: Oleg Tagel, Andrei Pastushenko, misic: Sergei Kuryokhin, sound: Larisa Maslova

Cast: Vitaly Solomin, Semyon Furman, Sergei Batalov, Yekaterina Semyonova, Viktor Sukhorukov, Oleg Garkusha

The story is built round an ironic interpretation of cliches and stereotypes of Soviet genre films of the 50s — 70s. It is the story of three characters who escaped from prison and returned to their native town.



1245 POSLEDNEYE DELO VARENOGO (THE LAST BUSINESS OF VARYONY)

1993, 77 min., color, “GOLOS”, “Lenfilm” in association with “Kramdsfilm” with the input from ROSKOMKINO

Adventure comedy

Director: Vitaly Melnikov, screenplay: Vladimir Zaikin, camera: Valery Mironov, production designer: Andrei Vasin, misic: Andrei Sigle, sound: Asya Zvereva

Cast: Viktor Stepanov, Vitaly Skvorkin, Olga Mashnaya, Andrei Urgant, Yelena Drapeko, Olga Samoshina, Galina Baranova, Galina Zudova, Ira Deryagina, Era Ziganshina, Lev Yeliseyev, Yevgeny Kal, Roma Kalinsky

An humble forwarding agent Sizukhin is shocked to find out that for the last four years he has been working for drug dealers delivering cocaine instead of baby food all over the Soviet Union. Sizukhin decides to “get even” with the Mafia. For this purpose he engages a severe gangster Varyony.



1246 PREDSTAVLENIYE DLYA... (THE PERFORMANCE FOR...)

1993, 70 min., color, “ERIDAN”, “Lenfilm”

Grotesque

Written and directed by: Yuri Kiyashko, camera: Vladimir Vasilyev, production designer: Yuri Kiyashko, music from pieces by: Bach, Vivaldi, Guiyo, sound: Sergei Moshkov

Cast: Sergei Krasotin, Larisa Yakovenko, Irina Chernova, Igor Dobryakov, Konstantin Demidov, Ivan Makeyev, Azamat Bagirov

The film is a striking example of a conceptualistic cinema.

Finding himself in a strange and unusual theatre the hero tries to understand its laws. However, his attempts only further complicate his feelings, awakening some deep unknown powers in him.

May be the theatre, that enchanted the hero, is nothing but his own inner world.

On the face of it, the film is composed of chaotic episodes of hero’s existence which later form a system inexorably drawing the hero to a vague aim.

1247 PROVINTSIALNY BENEFIS (A BENEFIT PERFORMANCE IN THE PROVINCES)

1993, 88 min., color, “AKKORD FILM”, “Bibliopolis”, “Lenfilm”

Melodrama

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

Cast: Galina Vishnevskaya, Yelena Rostropovich, Svetlana Nemolayeva, Alexander Lazarev Jr., Anzhelika Nevolina, Vladislav Strzhelchik, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Vladimir Samoilov, Leonid Kuravlyov, Valentin Smirnitsky, Vsevolod Kuznetsov, Yelizaveta Nikishchikhina

Loosely based on Alexander Ostrovsky’s plays “Guilty Without Fault”, “Forest”, “Talents and Admirers”.

Many years ago Luybov Ivanovna Otradina, betrayed by the man she loved and deprived of her son, had to flee from the town of Murom. A famous opera singer, she returns to her native town to give her last concert before leaving the stage forever. The actors Schastlivtsev and Neschastlivtsev, Sasha Negina and Smelskaya are among the residents of the town…

1248 PUTESHESTVIYE V SCHASTLIVUYU ARAVIYU (A TRIP TO HAPPY ARABIA)

1993, 87 min., color, “Petropol”, “Lentelefilm” with the input from KINI-AVTO

Psychological thriller

Director: Valery Naumov, screenplay: Andrei Pastushenko, camera: Anatioly Rodionov, Sergei Sidorov, production designer: Nikolai Subbotin, misic: Leonid Rezetdinov, sound: Konstantin Zarin

Cast: Alexander Lykov, Valeria Likhodei, Leonid Leikin, Viktor Smirnov, Vadim Lobanov, Andrei Urgant, Viktor Zozyainov, Yuliya Yakovleva

Unlucky actor, upset by unsuccessful audition, hails a passing car driven by a pretty young woman. All of a sudden they become hostages of gangsters who are trying to get out of the city with the freight they received at the airport.



1249 RUSSKAYA NEVESTA (RUSSIAN BRIDE)

1993, 111 min., color, “EAE”, “Letny Sad” with the input from “Lenfilm”

Melodrama

Written and directed by: Gennady Solovsky, camera: Ivan Bagayev, production designer: Andrei Vasin, music from pieces by: Tomado Albioni, Antonio Vivaldi, Wolfgang-Amadeus Mozart, Alfred Shnitke, sound: Alexander Sysolyatin

Cast: Alla Murina, Kseniya Rappoport, Alexander Blok, Dao Dae, Ludmila Wagner, Lubov Virolainen, Alexei Zalivalov

A Russian beauty Yuliya tired of routine hardships of her everyday life decides to leave her husband and marry a rich foreigner.



1250 SENSATSIYA (SENSATION)

1993, 90 min., color, “Neva” with the input from ROSKOMKINO

Adventure, science fiction. Film for children

Director: Boris Gorlov, screenplay: Vladimir Vardunas, camera: Nikolai Stroganov, production designer: Vladimir Kostin, misic: Andrei Sigle, sound: Boris Andreyev

Cast: Alexei Petrenko, Tom Bel, Misha Kapralov, Tatyana Pankova, Sasha Stovbur, Masha Antipova, Artyom Khabutdinov

Forester Yuri Savushkin, enthusiast of nature conservation, protects animals and plants in Ugryumovsky forest reserve.

However, the quiet life in the reserve is disturbed by “researchers”, the young amateur naturalists, an American zoologist, an academician of zoology and others, seeking ecological rarities Children find a unique specimen — Glasyuka, but Savushkin the junior, Andy and the forester do their best to save this amazing creature from scientific experiments.

1251 SIKIMOKU (SIKIMOKU)

1993, 82 min., color, “MIST” with the input from “Neva” and “Lenfilm”

Christmas fairy tale

Director: Olga Zhukova, screenplay: Olga Zhukova, Viktor Mikheyev, camera: Vadim Semyonovykh, production designer: Boris Golodnitsky, misic: Viktor Mikheyev, sound Pavel Drozdov

Cast: Viktor Mikheyev, Yevgeny Lebedev, Yuri Olennikov, Olga Lapshina, Olga Golodnitskaya

A night-shift ambulance is patrolling the streets on a New Year’s Eve. It picks up those who need help — and in many cases not only medical help. It picks up people who are lonely, offended, forgotten...



1252 SUMERKI NADEZHD (TWILIGHT OF HOPES)

1993, 106 min., color, “Malenky Prints”, “Lenfilm”

Historical drama

Directed by: Ruslan Khachemizov, Kassei Khochegogu, screenplay: Nalbiy Kuyek, Rusklan Khachemizov, camera: Nikolai Zhilin, production designer: Abdulakh Bersirov, misic: Yevgeny Umarov, sound: Igor Vigdorchik

Cast: Zaur Zekhov, Nurbiy Achmiz, Vadim Misostov, Murat Kukan, Kanshoubi Khashev, Marina Guchetl, Zuret Kobleva, Chatib Paranuk, Akhmed Vorkozhokov

The story is set in the beginning of the 19th century when Adygei people, confronted by the approaching trouble, realized the necessity to unite. This theme is revealed through the conflict of Dzhambot, the wise tutor of young Adygei noblemen, and prince Yedidz, the advocate of independent principalities.



  • The film was awarded the “Asturias” Prize at the III European Film Festival in Kandas, Spain (1993).

1253 SCHASTLIVY NEUDACHNIK (HAPPY FAILURE)

1993, 85 min., color, “Barmaley”, “Lenfilm” with the input from ROSKOMKINO

Melodrama

Director: Valery Bychenkov, screenplay: Alexander Getman, camera: Valery Mironov, production designer: Vladimir Bannykh, misic: Igor Tsvetkov, sound: Andrei Volkov

Cast: Semyon Mendelson, Anzhelika Nevolina, Olga Volkova, Anna Matyukhina, Yuri Mogilevtsev

Screen version of Vadim Shefner’s novel of the same title.

Although the film is set up in Leningrad of the 30’es there are neither arrests and executions, nor agression and everyday betrayal. The life is unstable, hysterical and even absurd. Nevertheless, the boy who is the lead character of the film, is happy. His early years are blissful, love is real, people around him are good-natured and cheerful.


  • The film was awarded the Special Prize of the XYI International Festival of Films for Children and Youth in Moscow (19940; the Main Prize of the 1st International Festival of Films for Children and Youth in St.Petersburg (1994); the Grand Prix of the International Children Film Festival in Chicago, USA (1994); the Main Premium of the “Okno v Yeropu” (“The Window to Europe”) International Film Festival in Vyborg (1994); the “Spectators’ Favourite” Prize at the International Festival of Films for Children and Youth in Zlin, Czechia (1994).

1254 TIKHIYE STANITSY (QUIET PAGES)

1993, 80 min., color, “Severny Fond”, “Eskomfilm” with the input from “Lenfilm”

Drama

Written and directed by: Alexander Sokurov, dialogues: Yuri Arabov, Andrei Chernykh, camera: Alexander Burov, production designer: Vera Zelinskaya, misic: Gustav Mahler, Friedrich Rukkert’s “Songs of Dead Children”, vocalist: Lina Mkrtchyan, sound: Vladimir Persov

Cast: Alexander Cherednik, Yelizaveta Koroleva, Sergei Barkovsky, Galina Nikulina, Olga Onishchenko, Valery Kozinets

The film is loosely based on Russian prosaic works of the 19th century. Alexander Sokurov re-reads the pages of the famous prose in his own manner. Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” was chosen as ideological pivot, a historical landmark but not the basis of the story.

Gustav Mahler’s vocal cycle was recorded by vocalist Lina Mkrtchyan specially for this film.

1255 TY U MENYA ODNA (YOU ARE MY ONE AND ONLY)

1993, 94 min., color, “Lenfilm”, “Informpresservice”, “Astur”

Melodrama

Director: Dmitry Astrakhan, screenplay: Oleg Danilov, camera: Yuri Vorontsov, production designer: Masha Petrova, misic: Alexander Pantykin, sound: Alexander Dudarev

Cast: Alexander Zbruyev, Marina Neyolova, Svetlana Ryabova, Viktor Glagolev, Irina Mazurkevich, Alexander Lykov, Vladimir Kravchenko

Yevgeny Timoshin, an ex-boxer and now an ordinary engineer gets the opportunity to change his life. Young and beautiful Asya who has been in love with Timoshin since childhood offers him to go to America with her. She loves him as ever and is prepared to offer him a job and take him to America for training. But Timoshin is fond of his wife. Having overcome a number of temptations and trials husband and wife stay together...



  • The film was awarded the Grand Prix of the Presidential Council at the Open Russian Film Festival in Sochi (1993); the “Silver Pyramid” Prize and the Prize for the Best Actress’ Work of Marina Neyolova at the International Film Festival in Capri (1993). The NIKA Prize for the Best Actress’ Work went to Marina Neyolova (1993).

1256 TYUREMNY ROMANS (PRISON ROMANCE)

1993, 99 min., color, “Tabivy-film”, “Lenfilm”

Melodrama

Director: Yevgeny Tatarsky, screenplay: Sergei Solovyov, camera: Pavel Lebeshev, production designer: Natalya Kochergina, misic: Sergei Kuryokhin, sound: Igor Vigdorchik

Cast: Marina Neyolova, Alexander Abdulov, Aristarkh Livanov, Yuri Kuznetsov, Boris Sokolov, Lev Vigdorov, To Su An

The film is based on a true story that was extensively covered by the Russian mass media and caused a sensation on TV. A young woman — police officer investigating especially dangerous crimes — falls in love with the man under investigation, hands him a weapon and attempts to help him escape from prison.



1257 YUNOSHA IZ MORSKIKH GLUBIN (A YOUTH FROM THE DEEP SEA)

1993, 69 min., b/w

Fairy tale

Written and directed by: Gennady Novikov, camera: Leonid Konovalov, production designer: Viktor Zhelobinsky, sound: Alexander Sysolyatin

Cast: Olga Bykova, Vyacheslav Mikhailov, Alexander Khochinsky, Sergei Dontsov (Dreiden), Yuri Sergeyev, German Zhuravlev, Andrei Krasko, Yuri Serov

The film is based on the short story of the same title by a German writer Hans Erich Nossak.

A fairy tale story of a girl Hanna and a young man from the deep sea alternates with the pictures of life in the provincial German town in the days of World War II and the reminiscences of Hanna’s first love. Fantasy and reality, spiritual and mundane are flicking through the memory of the heroine...Fantasy and reality, spiritual and mundane are interweave in the film to create a fusion of black and white images with Bach’s music.

1258 AKT (ACT)

1994, 86 min., color, “Troitsky Most”, “OGNON Pictures” (France)

Detective melodrama

Written and directed by: Alexander Rogozhkin, camera: Valery Mulgaut, production designer: Viktor Zhelobinsky, sound: Nikilai Astakhov

Cast: Igor Sergeyev, Katya Migitsko, Sergei Migitsko, Tatyana Kuznetsova, Valery Mironov, Yuri Orlov, Viktor Bychkov, Igor Golovin, Danya Gudkovskaya, Alexei Poluyan, Boris Cherdyntsev

The film tells about the misfortunes of an ordinary man, Igor Sergeyev, who by chance came into possession of a case with a lot of money in it.... As it turns out, it is not easy to find a decent use of the money and at the end the hero realizes the old truth — “it is not money that makes people happy”.



1259 GOD SOBAKI (THE YEAR OF DOG)

1994, 133 min., color, “Kinodokument”, “Lenfilm”, “Golos”, “Sodaperaga” (France)

Melodrama

Director: Semyon Aranovich, screenplay: Semyon Aranovich, Albina Shulgina, Vadim Mikhailov, Zoya Kudrya, camera: Yuri Shaigardanov, production designer: Marksen Gaukhman-Sverdlov, misic: Oleg Karavaichuk, sound: Aliakper Gasan-zade

Cast: Inna Churikova, Igor Sklyar, Alexender Feklistov, Mikhail Dorofeyev, Sergei Bobrov, Era Ziganshina, Valentina Kovel, Gennady Menshikov, Robert Vaab, Diana Shishlyayeva, Irina Polyanskaya

Ex-convict Sergei and a lonely woman Vera find their brief happiness in an abandoned village located on the radiation contaminated territory. It is here, on this piece of land left by people and by God, that the two people start a new life, getting acquainted and attached to each other. It is here that they experience love — for the first time in their lives.



  • The film was awarded the “Silver Bear” Prize and the Prize of Peace at the 44th International Film Festival in Berlin (1994); the “Silver Sail” Prize at the 2nd Festival of Russian Cinema in San Raphael, France; the Prize for the Best Actor’s Work at the Open Russian Film Festival in Sochi (1994).

1260 DOZHDI V OKEANE (RAIN IN THE OCEAN)

1994, 76 min., color, “Lenfilm”, “ULISS” with the input from ROSKOMKINO

Melodrama

Written and directed by: Viktor Aristov (finished by Yuri Mamin), camera: Yuri Vorontsov, production designer: Masha Petrova, misic: Arkady Gagulashvili, sound: Nikolay Astakhov

Cast: Anna Molchanova, Yuri Belyayev, Sergei Razhuk, Svetlana Slanskene, Diana Rubanova

Loosely based on Alexander Belyayev’s novel “The Island of Lost Ships”.

The firm is set in the beginning of the century. Three people meet on an ocean liner: a young girl, dreaming of love, a police agent and a man he follows — a young engineer accused of committing a murder. As fate has willed it they find themselves overboard in life jackets in the open sea. The current takes them to an abandoned drifting barge. Here takes its beginning the love intrigue which will have a tragic end.


  • The film was awarded the Special Prize of the Jury at the 3rd KINOSHOK Festival in Anapa (1994); the “Swan Song” Prize to the film director Victor Aristov; the Prize for the Best Actress’ Work to Anna Molchanova at the 3rd KINOSHOK Festival; the Crystal Prize of the Participant at the “Arsenal” International Film Festival in Riga; the NIKA Prize to Nikolay Astakhov for the Best Sound Producer’s Work (1994).

1261 ISPOVED NEZNAKOMTSY (CONFESSION TO A STRANGER)

1994, 92 min., color

Melodrama

Written and directed by: George Bardaville, camera: Yuri Klimenko, misic: Henry Lolashvili

Cast: William Hert, Sandrin Bonnair, Svetlana Kryuchkova, Larisa Guzeyeva, Alexander Kaidanovsky, Sergei Yurski, Alisa Freinlikh, Olga Volkova, Gennady Bogachev

Based on Valery Bryusov’s novel “Last Pages of Diary of a Woman”.

The film is set in St. Petersburg in 1907.

Young and independent Natalie has everything one needs to be happy: a charming child, a rich, loving and generous husband. Nevertheless, her encounter with a stranger on a bird market changes her life...



1262 ZAMOK (CASTLE)

1994, 110 min., color, “DVA PE I KA”, “Lenfilm” with the input from ROSKOMKINO, “Orient-express” (France)

Philosophical parable

Director: Alexei Balabanov, screenplay: Alexei Balabanov, Sergei Selyanov, camera: Sergei Yurizditsky, Andrei Zhegalov, production designer: Sergei Shemyakin, Vladimir Kartashev, misic: Sergei Kuryekhin, sound: Kirill Kuzmin

Cast: Nikolay Stotsky, Svetlana Pismichenko, Viktor Sukhorukov, Anvar Libabov, Alexei German, Olga Antonova, Andrei Smirnov, Igor Shibanov

Based on Franz Kafka’s novel of the same title.

The hero of the film — the Land Surveyor — has been invited by the Castle to do some work. Coming to the Village he is surprised to find out that no one expects him. He tries to assert his rights but runs into impregnable blank wall of hostile world. Penetration into the Castle becomes the purpose of his life. For the sake of this purpose he betrays the woman he loves, experiences humilations, deceives and loses himself...


  • The film was awarded the Cinema Club Prize at the KINOTAVR-95 Open Russian Film Festival;the NIKA Prize for the Best Production Designer’s Work went to Vladimir Kartashev (1994); the NIKa Prize for the Best Costume Designer’s Work went to Nadyezhda Vasilyeva (1994).

1263 KOLESO LUBVI (WHEEL OF LOVE)

1994, 89 min., color, “DVA PE I KA”, “Lenfilm”

Erotic comedy

Director: Ernest Yasan, screenplay: Vadim Mikhailov, Albina Shulgina, Ernest Yasan, camera: Ivan Bagayev, production designer: Natalya Kochergina, misic: Andrei Sigle, sound: Mikhail Viktorov

Cast: Mikhail Porechenkov, Maria Lipkina, Anna Samokhina, Zoya Buryak, Ivan Krasko, Igor Dmitriyev, Valentina Kovel, Yelena Rud, Yevgeny Yermolin, Artashes Aleksanyan, Anatoly Gorin, Tatyana Grigoryeva

The handsome hero of the film is compelled to work off his debt in a rather unusual way: by the oldest trade.



1264 KOLECHKO ZOLOTOYE, BUKET IZ ALYKH ROZ (GOLDEN RING, BOUQUET OF RED ROSES)

1994, 100 min., color, “Lenfilm”, ROSKOMKINO, “Lentelefilm”, “AKV”

Melodrama

Written and directed by: Dmitry Dolinin, camera: Lev Kolganov, production designer: Vladimir Bannykh, misic: Gennady Banshchikov, sound: Boris Andreyev

Cast: Yelena Korikova, Viktor Pavlov, Olga Volkova, Olga Shorina, Sergei Gamov, Sergei Yushkevich, Viktor Bychkov, Zoya Buryak, Sergei Batalov, Gelena Ivliyeva, Viktor Gogolev, Sergei Selin

Loosely based on Anton Chekhov’s story “In a Gorge”.

A simple life story of the Tsybukins close merchant family is turning first into a drama and eventually into a tragedy. The episodes of the film are in tune with our days: a drive for making easy money, police bribery, false money, unpunished murders...

1265 LUBOV, PREDVESTIYE PECHALI (LOVE, THE OMEN OF SORROW)

1994, 96 min., color

Melodrama

Director: Viktor Sergeyev, screenplay: Vladimir Yeremin, camera: Yuri Shaigardanov, production designer: Viktor Zhelobinsky, misic: Sergei Kuryekhin, sound: Asya Zvereva

Cast: Irina Metlitskaya, Andrei Sokolov, Olga Drozdova, Yuri Balabanov, Olga Samoshina, Svetlana Gaitan, Vsevolod Kuznetsov, Yuri Tomashevsky, Galina Zakhurdayeva, Gali Abaidulov

The film tells about the sinful fatal love of a young artist for the wife of his close friend. Young good-looking people live solely by their emotions and passions. However, the trivial situation is heated by

premonition of mortal danger which eventually overtakes the lovers.

1266 NA KOGO BOG POSHLET (A GIFT FROM HEAVEN)

1994, 77 min., color, “Lenfilm” in association with “First and Experimental Film”, ROSKOMKINO

Comedy

Written and directed by: Vladimir Zaikin, camera: Mikhail Levitin, Vladimir Vasilyev, production designer: Pavel Parkhomenko, misic: Alexander Yakovel, sound: Alexei Shulga

Cast: Larisa Udovichenko, Stanislav Sadalsky, Leonid Torkiani, Maria Lobacheva, Sergei Migitsko, Yevgeny Lebedev, Igor Dmitriyev

Love story of heroes of the comedy unfolds in a rather unusual way — from having their adult son to introduction and first kiss.



1267 OKHOTA (HUNTING)

1994, 88 min., color, “R”studios with the support from V.Shevtsov (Tyumen), “Pulkovskoye” hotel complex, LENTRANSGAZ

Melodrama

Written and directed by: Vitaly Solomin, camera: Vladimir Brylyakov, production designer: Georgy Kropachev, misic: Gennady Gladkov, sound: Igor Terekhov

Cast: Tatyana Abramova, Alexander Lazarev, Jr., Alisa Freindlikh, Natalya Inozemtseva, Vasily Livanov, Nikolay Lavrov, Yaroslav Baryshev, Alexander Karpenko, Sergei Yezhenkov, Fyodor Odinokov

Based on “Krutoyarskaya Tzarevna”, a novel by Yevgeniya Tur.

The film is set in Russia of 1773. The sixteen-year old owner of Krutoyarsk estate, the richest fiancee, a beauty and an orphan is a tasty morsel for bachelors.


  • The actress Tatyana Abramova was awarded the “Mother of Pearl” Prize for the Best Actress’ Work and the actor Alexander Lazarev was awarded the “Mother of Pearl” Prize for the Best Actor’s Work at the International Film Festival in Riga.

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