LARISSA SHEPITKO-DEVE GÖZÜ
LARISSA SHEPITKO-DEVE GÖZÜ (1962)
Films By Date > DECEMBER 9 - IN THE REVOLUTION: SOVIET CINEMA OF THE 1960S
7.00pm - HEAT
Larissa Shepitko (1963) 85 mins
Influenced by her mentor, the Russian master Alexander Dovzhenko, Shepitko’s first film is a curious mix of Soviet political drama & inter-class conflict (culminating in an almost western-like showdown climax). Despite it being the young director’s diploma film & the punishing nature of its production (she had to direct from a stretcher after falling immensely ill due to the extreme climate), it received numerous awards at international festivals.
TO THE JUBILEE OF LARISSA SHEPITKO
In commemoration of the jubilee of the film director Larissa Shepitko the exhibition is opened in the Mosfilm Cinema Concern Main building. On January 6, 2008 Larissa Efimovna would be seventy…
Larissa Shepitko was born in the Ukrainian town of Artyomovsk in 1938, however she began working as a film director in Kirghizfilm studio where in 1962 she staged the film Heat based on the story Camel’s Eye by Ch.Aitmatov; this film gained several prizes of prestigious festivals including the prize of the 1-st Leningrad All-Union Film Festival for the best film director work. Soon after this event Larissa Shepitko graduated from the department of the All-Union Cinematography Institute for training of film directors (workshop of A.Dovzhenko and M.Chiaureli) and in 1962 she began working as a film director in the Mosfilm cinema studio. In Mosfilm L.Shepitko made films: The Wings, The Native Land of Electricity, You and Me, Ascent. The Wings is the story of the former military woman-pilot who could not be settled in quiet life till her last day (Maya Bulgakova acted this part splendidly). The Native Land of Electricity is a short-length screen version of the short story of the same name by Andrey Platonov released on screens only twenty years after. You and Me is the film about talented scholars betraying their vocation almost insensibly for themselves; the film was awarded with Silver prize in the 33-d Venice Film Festival in the Venice-Youth nomination. The pathetic film Ascent was shot after the story Sotnikov by V.Bykov; it opened the door in cinema for actors-debutants B.Plotnikov and V.Gostyukhin; it won Golden Bear prize in the 27-th West Berlin Film Festival as well as a number of other prizes and rewards. Then Larissa Shepitko began working on the next film, a screen version of the story Farewell with Matyoraya by V.Rasputin; on July 2, 1979 she started for shootings and perished in the auto accident together with the camera man V.Chukhnov, the art designer Yu.Fomenko and their assistants. The last idea by L.Shepitko was realized by her husband Elem Klimov, and Farewell was released on screens in 1982. Two years before Elem Klimov made the documentary film Larissa using fragments of films by Larissa Shepitko and recollections of people worked with her.
In the exposition presented by the Mosfilm-Info in memory of Larissa Shepitko Mosfilm workers and guests can see stills from her films and photographs of shooting moments.
Films by Larissa Shepitko:
1962 – Heat (after the story Camel’s Eye by Ch.Aitmatov)
From the 4th Eurasia International Film Festival in Almaty, Kazakhstan
When Chingiz Aytmatov went onstage in the spacious Palace of the Republic in Almaty at the closing gala of the 4th Eurasia International Film Festival (23-29 September 2007) to receive an honorary award from the Kazakh government, he was greeted with a standing ovation. And, indeed, the applause was well deserved.
THE ASCENT LARISSA SHEPITKO