Dovlatov

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    Dovlatov

    Directed by

    Russia, Poland, Serbia

    2018

    126 min

    • Russian

    Drama

    Leningrad, November 1971. The city is shrouded in fog. Another anniversary of the revolution is being celebrated, but the country is not making any progress – politically, economically or culturally. Sergei has first-hand experience of this stasis. The young writer’s manuscripts are regularly rejected by the official media; his view on things and people is not desired. Others are experiencing similar problems, one of them is his friend Joseph Brodsky whom the state forces into exile. Sergei is however determined to stay and lead a normal life with his wife Lena and daughter Katya. He wants to write about discovering reality: about shipyard workers, or the construction of the metro where one day the bodies of thirty children killed during the Second World War are uncovered.

    Awards

    • Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution, Berliner Morgenpost Readers' Jury Award - Berlin IFF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Milan Marić
    Danila Kozlovsky
    Helena Sujecka
    Artur Beschastny
    Elena Lyadova
    Anton Shagin
    Svetlana Khodchenkova
    Piotr Gasowski
    Eva Gerr
    Hanna Sleszynska
    Screenplay
    Alexey German Jr.
    Tupikina
    Cinematography
    Łukasz Żal
    Editing
    Sergey Ivanov
    Darya Gladysheva
    Sales
    ALPHA VIOLET
    Production
    SAGA MOSKAU
    Production
    METRAFILMS MOSKAU
    Production
    CHANNEL ONE MOSKAU

    Press

    His pictorial sense is, as ever, a strong suit, playing with filters that lighten scenes to a dreamlike haze of memory before turning warmer and clearer.

    Jay Weissberg, Variety

    Six days in the life of Soviet dissident writer Sergei Dovlatov are evocatively conjured in this visually enthralling tribute to one artist’s refusal to conform.

    Jay Weissberg, Variety

    Aleksey German Jr.

    Aleksey German Jr.

    Russia

    Aleksey German Jr. (1976) was born in Moscow, but grew up in St. Petersburg. He studied at the VGIK in Moscow from 1996 to 2001. In this period he made various shorts such as LITTLE FOOLS (2001). THE LAST TRAIN (2003), his feature debut was screened at the 2004 International Film Festival Rotterdam, where it received an Amnesty Award, and in Venice it received Special Mention of the Jury for Best Debut. In 2005, his second feature Garpastum premiered at the 62nd Venice International Film Festival. For his film PAPER SOLDIER (2008) he received support from the Hubert Bals Fund, and won a Silver Lion for Best Director in Venice. UNDER ELECTRIC CLOUDS participated in the 2015 Berlinale Competition and won a Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution.