Pioner Cinema » Nocturne
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  • Drama
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  • 1966
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  • 87 min.
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  • USSR
  • director: Rostislav Goryaev
  • cast: Pola Raksa, Gunars Cilinskis, Juris Plavins, Oleg Khabalov, Valdeko Ratassepp, Karlis Teihmanis, Boris Kozhukhov, Leonas Emirskas, Aleksandr Lemberg, Vladimir Vasiliev
  • language: Russian
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Pioner Cinema and Kommersant–Weekend present “History of Russian Cinema in 50 Films,” dedicated to the Year of Russian Cinema. The curator is film critic and Weekend writer Mikhail Trofimenkov.

At the end of the Spanish Civil War, a soldier in the Latvian International Brigade, Zorzs, falls in love with a nurse, Iveta. Unfortunately, war flares up once again, and splits the two lovers apart: Iveta is able to hide and cross the border back to France. Zorzs, however, ends up in a concentration camp. Both meet again several years later, now in Nazi-occupied France. Both join a brigade of partisans stationed in a secret base in the mountains. Part of the brigade sets out on a mission, but the camp is attacked by a German squad. In the battle, Ivetta is killed, before Zorzs is able to return.

“It’s a strange thing. The USSR could have talked about Spain with a clear conscience: only it and Mexico actually helped the republican cause. But there were almost no novels and films about the Spanish Civil War. … This may well have been one of the biggest oversights in the history of Soviet culture. Goryaev shot “Nocturne" in 1966. In the same year, Alain Resnais, who had earned the reputation of both an aesthetic and moral crusader of sorts, shot the poetically-titled "The War is Over" (La guerre est finie), about a Spanish resistance fighter. He was, in all likelihood, right: it was awkward to talk about the Spanish Civil War mostly because of the fact that its participants obediently refused to recognize their own defeat. Such stubborn people will never feel at home, no matter the government they're under.” – Mikhail Trofimenkov.

Admission to the screening is free with advance registration. The film will be shown from the 35mm original. Before the screening, film critic Denis Gorelov will give an introduction.


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