Pioner Cinema » Falling Frost
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  • Drama
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  • 1969
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  • 90 min.
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  • USSR
  • director: Viktor Ivchenko
  • cast: Petr Vesklyarov, Stepan Oleksenko, Ninel Myshkova, Vadim Vilskiy, Vladimir Maksimenko, Yura Bibikov, Stefan Bulikanu
  • language: Russian
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Pioner Cinema and Kommersant Weekend present "The History of Russian Cinema in 50 Films," dedicated to the Year of Russian Film. The curator will be film critic and Weekend author Mikhail Trofimenkov.

On a fishing ship, a sailor is taken aboard without documents. Everyone aboard calls him Hans, and believes him to be a German. One day, Hans gets very sick, and the ship’s captain lets him off on the shore of a Mediterranean island. Hans is found by the fisherwoman Silvana, who heals him and lets him live with her at home. Hans doesn’t remember his past, but having gotten sick again, he deliriously begins speaking Russian – and his memory begins to return to him. After he returns to health, he returns to his homeland, in spite of Silvana’s efforts to keep him on the island.

“Soviet neorealism never really worked out, mostly because directors believed in its artless resemblance to Truth with a capital T. Neorealism was, in fact, a practiced game with the truth of life – an unfamiliar life, for that matter. Ivchenko, in putting together his fake village on an imaginary island, freed neorealism from the weighty and important mission which was automatically entrusted to it in the USSR.” – Mikhail Trofimenkov

Admission to the screening is free with advance registration. The film will be shown from the 35mm original. The film will be introduced by film scholar Denis Gorelov.


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