Opening Russische Dooi: Als de kraanvogels overvliegen
Opening Russian Thaw: The Cranes are Flying
Festive opening of the Russian Thaw programme, with poetry and live music. The main film is The Cranes are Flying, a consummately filmed love story set during World War II. Winner of a Golden Palm in 1958.
A young couple are separated when the Germans invade the Soviet Union. He joins up and goes off to fight – but what does the war mean for those left at home?
Director Mikhail Kalatozov ditches the propaganda and focuses instead on individual emotions. This is what makes this film about a tragic love story during World War II unique within Soviet cinema.
Kalatozov’s new filmic language, full of surprising camera positions, paved the way for young, innovative cineastes such as Marlen Khutsiev and Andrei Tarkovsky. Thanks also to the superior photography by cameraman Sergei Urusevsky in the wide-format Sovscope, it has become a real classic.
Digital restoration by Mosfilm.
Russian Thaw opening night
Nina Targan Mouravi will give a reading (in Dutch) of poetry featured in I Am Twenty (a film that features in de Russian Thaw programme), Martin de Ruiter (piano) and Oleg Fateev (vocals) will perform Russian songs after the film.
Russia, 2021: in the wake of Putin’s latest election victory, reforms seem further away than ever. How different things were in the late 1950s, when Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet Union’s new leader following the death of Stalin, gave an impulse for change. This period, which came to be known as the ‘thaw’, gave rise to classics such as Ballad of a Soldier (1959, Grigorii Chukhrai) and The Cranes Are Flying (1957, Michail Kalatozov); a new generation of filmmakers (Tarkovsky, Shepitko) also stepped into the spotlight.