29.09.2016
 

KIRA MURATOVA RETROSPECTIVE IN CROATIA

In September and October, Kira Muratova’s early films, Brief Encounters and Long Farewells, which have been provided by Dovzhenko Centre, are screened in Croatia. The screenings are held at Student center Zagreb as part of cultural learning program Short Images, which runs from September 22 to October 6 in Zagreb.


BRIEF ENCOUNTERS  

1967, UkrSSR, Odesa Film Studio, 96’

Directed by Kira Muratova

Written by Leonid Zhukhovytskyi, Kira Muratova

Starring Nina Ruslanova, Vladimir Vysotskii, Kira Muratova, Lidiia Bazylska, Olha Vikland, Aleksei Glazyrin.

Music by Oleh Karavaichuk


Muratova turned her debut film on the subject of the lack of water in Odesa’s flats into an elaborate psychological study of the characters of three totally different people.


This film already features the odd characters, monologues and refrains, and the conventional and theatrical dialogues, so characteristic of Muratova’s works. However, here they still lie outside the main plot devices. The film could seem to be a typical Soviet romantic drama on the subject of the city versus the country, were it not for a few peculiarities. Yet it is thanks to these peculiarities – non-linear editing, “weird” relationships between the characters, freethinking musical and poetic inserts and a plethora of aesthetic tricks – that the film got the lowest distribution category and was hardly ever screened for 20 years.


LONG FAREWELLS  

1971, UkrSSR, Odesa Film Studio, 95’

Directed by Kira Muratova

Written by Nataliia Riazantseva

Cinematography by Hennadii Kariuk

Music by Oleh Karavaichuk

Starring Zinaida Sharko, Oleh Vladimypskyi, Tetiana Mychko, Yurii Kaiurov, Svitlana Kabanova, Lidiia Dranovska, Lidiia Bazylska, Marchella Chebotarenko, Ihor Starkov, Yevgenii Kovalenko and others.


A deep psychological examination of the seemingly mundane relationship between a mother, who has moved past her first youth, and her teenage son, who believes himself to be an adult.


This film is about a family that fell to pieces, about a love that passed, leaving the heroine the last name she shares with her husband, shattered hopes and her only source of joy – her son. The boy is 16 already and, burdened by his mother’s excessive care, he is going to visit his father, an archeologist, who he worked with in an expedition the year before. The youth is drawn to the world of manly men. The focus of the film is on the moral awakening of the main characters: the mother, who understands that it is time to overcome her hard feelings and hopes and to let her son go and visit his father, and the son, who learns the first lesson of adult life – you must never leave your mother alone.


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