Pioner Cinema » Wings
  • Drama
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  • 1966
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  • 86 min.
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  • USSR
  • director: Larisa Shepitko
  • cast: Maya Bulgakova, Sergey Nikonenko, Zhanna Bolotova, Panteleymon Krymov, Leonid Dyachkov, Vladimir Gorelov, Yuri Medvedev, Nikolai Grabbe, Zhanna Aleksandrova, Rimma Markova
  • language: Russian
  • restrictions: 0+

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 of wartime trauma

During the war, Nadezhda Petrukhina was a pilot, and in one battle, the man she loved was killed. In postwar life, Nadezhda is the director of a vocational school and respected person in the city. But her relationships with her loved ones, colleagues, and students are either completely formal or lead to senseless conflicts, because for Petrukhina, what she lived through in the war remains in the foreground of her reality.

“Shepitko upset the whole film mythology about the war, while using the very same clichés. At first, the return of frontline warriors was not simply painless – it was an endless celebration of life. With time, however, the image of the soldier came back down to warth. Lev Kulidzhanov (“When The Trees Were Tall / Kogda derevya byline bolshimi,” 1961) allowed the soldier to start drinking. Vengerov bravely made a blind man the hero of “Working City / Rabochii poselok” (1965), who stomps out his despair with dirt and vodka. But these heroes were curable, while the heroine of “Wings” has no chances to heal. And she has no life. At all. It’s harder for her in the very land that she defended even than for the blind man from the worker’s slum.” – 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 Sergey Kapterev.


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