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Archive of films from previous programs.
Fall 2012 November 19 in Gibsons
Russia/France 1994, 134 min, historical drama. Russian with English subtitles
Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Winner of the 1995 Academy Award for Best foreign film, Burnt by the Sun is a breathtaking saga set in Stalinist Russia circa 1936 among a small, elite gathering of family and friends who appreciate the idealism of Stalin’s vision because they do not have to experience its darker side. The story focuses upon a single day in the life of Soviet revolutionary hero Serguei Kotov. Kotov’s family is visited in their idyllic country home by roguishly handsome Dimitri, who is on a dark mission that may have profound effects on Kotov’s happy and idealistic existence. Film critic Emanuel Levy noted: “There’s a touch of Chekhovian poetic realism in Mikhalkov’s mesmerizingly beautiful chronicle of love, family, and the intrusion of politics.”
Burnt by the Sun. Another film clip (11 min).
Charm on the Surface, And Stalinist Realities. NY Times Review by Caryn James, 1995.
Burnt by the Sun. Review in Film Reference by Rob Edelman.
Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, 1995.
Grand Prix du Jury, Cannes 1994
tied with To Live.
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