Andrei Konchalovsky Retrospective2017 872
Andrei Konchalovsky has come to be regarded as one of the leading Russian directors in world cinema. Often collaborating with his brother, director Nikita Mikhalkov, Konchalovsky has developed a career spanning six decades, featuring a dazzling range of projects. Although originally planning to pursue a musical career, Konchalovsky’s love for cinema took over and he entered VGIK - the major state film school where he studied under Mikhail Romm. At VGIK he met Tarkovsky, and they collaborated on Ivan's Childhood and Andrei Rublev. For his feature-length debut The First Teacher (1961), he chose to adapt Chingis Aitmatov's book about the post-1917 Revolution period in southern Russia.
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His second feature, Asya's Happiness (1966), was put on the shelf and only properly screened in the Glasnost era of the late 1980s. The film wasn't overtly political. However, Konchalovsky didn't just show happy workers tilling the fields. He touched on his protagonists' yearnings, and made it clear how unhappy their lives often were. There are references to the Vietnam war. In one scene, a former Gulag prisoner talks about his homecoming and his fraught reunion with the wife. Beautifully shot in black-and-white, the film has a spontaneity and lyricism that you don't expect to find in a Soviet film set on a collective farm. The former President Mikhail Gorbachev called it one of his favourites.
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His next work , A Nest of Gentry, is a screen adaptation of the novel of the same name by Russian writer Ivan Turgenev. The film portrays the life of Russian landed gentry in the 1840s. After a long travel in Europe, nobleman Lavretsky returns back home. Everything in his estate is so familiar and dear to his heart. On his first visit to his neighbors, the Kalitins, he meets Lisa. He forgets his wife, left in Paris, forgets all his past. He desires only one thing – to always be with Lisa who is so unlike the women he used to know.
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"Adapted and directed by Andrei Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky Uncle Vanya, probably, the best filmed Chekhov I've ever seen," Vincent Canby wrote in The New York Times, calling the film "an exceedingly graceful, beautifully acted production." Woody Allen said that he didn't think "there could be a more perfect rendering of the play".
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After finding success in the seventies with Romance For Lovers and Siberiade, he moved to the United States in 1980 for a secon - and less successful - phase of his career. Other than the underappreciated Runaway Train, which starred Jon Voigt and Eric Roberts, his American films were disappointments either commercially or critically. In the nineties, Konchalovsky returned to Russia to direct for film and television, and House of Fools(2002), won an audience award at the Venice Film Festival.
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The Postman’s White Nights is Konchalovskiy’s latest achievement, having been selected to screen In Competition at the Venice Film Festival, 2014. The script is centred around the true story of Aleksey Tryaptisyn, a real life postman based in a remote Russian village surrounding the Kenozero lake. Irina Ermolova, an upcoming professional actress from the Kolyada Theater, Yekaterinburg stars as Irina, the postman’s beloved, with Timur Bondarenko, of the Moscow Theatre studio starring as her son, Timur (Timka).
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