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A Room and a Half or a Sentimental Journey to Motherland

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Year of participation 2009
Program Feature Competition

 A Room and a Half or a Sentimental Journey to Motherland
Producer(s) Andrei Khrzhanovsky, Artem Vassiliev
Director(s) Andrei Khrzhanovsky
Script Yuriy Arabov, Andrei Khrzhanovsky
Director of Photography Vladimir Brylyakov
Production designer Marina Azizyan
Sound Pyotr Malafeev, Yekaterina Popova-Evans
Edit Vladimir Grigorenko, Igor Malakhov
Cast Alisa Freyndlih, Sergei Yursky, Grigoriy Dityatkovskiy, Artem Smola, Evgeniy Ogandzhanyan
Production company(-ies) School-studio SHAR
 

Synopsis

When asked in an interview whether he ever intended to return to his Motherland, Joseph Brodsky replied: “Such a journey could only take place anonymously...” The creators of this film imagined that the journey in question was undertaken after all, selecting the genre of an ironic fairytale. The poet sails to the country of his childhood, and with him we traverse not only geographical expanses, but travel through time as well. Stringing together a number of facts from the Nobel Prize Laureate's biography, we return to the USSR of the 50s and early 60s, soaking up in the atmosphere of the “European” city of Petersburg, Russia's cultural center. Along with live-action sequences, the film features animation, as well as documentary footage concerning Brodsky and his milieu.

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