Pioner Cinema » The Voice
  • Drama
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  • 1982
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  • 92 min.
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  • USSR
  • director: Ilya Averbakh
  • cast: Natalya Saiko, Leonid Filatov, Georgy Kalatozishvili, Elizaveta Nikishikhina, Vsevolod Shilovsky, Sergey Bekhterev, Vasily Bochkarev, Elena Safonova, Tatyana Lavrova, Mikhail Gluzskiy, Tatyana Dogileva
  • language: Russian
  • restrictions: 12+

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.

A film about film

A film shoot is coming to an end, and as always, it could erupt in chaos at any given moment. The screenwriter disappears, leaving the finale unfinished; the director of photography is already expected on a different film set; the film’s producer quits. At the centre of this “production drama” are the director, who is trying to save his vision, and the terminally-ill leading actress, Yulia. During dubbing, Yulia runs away from the hospital in order to record her text. Soon, she passes away, leaving behind the recording of her voice that will allow the studio to finish filming.

“What do we need this sorrow, this anthem for film that breaks down into a requiem? The theory that Averbakh predicted the death of Soviet film, in all of its banality, is only superseded by the notion that he predicted his own impending death. Nobody ever predicts anything. It’s just that in Leningrad, any “film about film” would have looked like “The Voice.” Here, neither “Spring” (“Vesna”) nor “Slave to Love” (“Raba lyubvi”) could have been filmed. This classic of the “Leningrad school” can be entirely boiled down to one thing: the way that a lifetime passes by, about its sorrow and transience. And in those epic times, not a single director doubted that life was all about film. And it was as if Averbakh, in reading film’s last rights while still alive, bestowed it and his native studio – from the canteen to the dressing rooms – eternal life.” — Mikhail Trofimenkov.

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


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