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The Long Farewell

Kira Muratova 1971 USSR Fiction b/w 95min Russian DCP
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10/20 21:20 Spot Huasan A One G
10/22 13:00 Spot Huasan A One G
10/24 17:00 Spot Huasan A One G
★ 1987 Locarno Festival — FIPRESCI Award
★ 1987 All-Union Film Festival — Grand Prix Jury

A divorced mother is devoted to her only son, Sasha. When she lets him vacation with his father, he comes back a changed person and tells her that he does not want to live with her anymore. Shot in achingly poetic black-and-white, the film provides a delicate, heart-breaking portrait of loneliness, unrequited longing, and irrational love. Made in 1971, the film was banned for years and finally released in 1987.


Kira Muratova

Kira Muratova (1934–2018), one of the most significant and original voices of Soviet and Ukrainian cinema, has been remembered as a fearless filmmaker who dares to poke at open wounds of history and humanity. Of all the (post-)Soviet auteurs, Kira Muratova was arguably the most variable, controversial and sardonic. Right from the start of Muratova’s career as a director in 1961, she was an irritant to the regime. Her idiosyncratic films, frequently featuring unconventional women protagonists, transgressive theatricality, and inventive formal experiment, were severely censored and suppressed during the Soviet era, yet drew belated recognition during perestroika and after as political tides shifted. Later often hailed as the master of absurdism, Muratova excels at turning the vulgar into poetry, using waste as a decorative ornament, integrating the criminal into the everyday, and thereby providing an authentically radical view of human condition. Until her passing in 2018, she has made 22 films over the course of six decades.

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