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Russia
2002, 90 min

Section: A Female Take on Russia
Year: 2009

Screenwriter and cult actress Renata Litvinova truly found the perfect match in the role of stewardess Lara, whom fortune throws together with journalist Georgi. The rare meetings which their respective jobs allow them introduce tension and misgivings into the relationship, and also a desire which is destined to remain unfulfilled…


Synopsis

This re-make of the once popular melodrama Once More about Love (1968) was initiated by screenwriter and actress Renata Litvinova, who is also familiar as a television presenter and director. She was encouraged to appear in front of the camera by Kira Muratova, who was enchanted by her glamourous looks and especially her quirky manner. Director Vera Storozheva also passed through the Muratova school while involved in the latter’s films Asthenic Syndrome (1989) and Three Stories (1997). Litvinova transferred the provocative tones of Muratova’s effusive and histrionic film characters to the female lead written with herself in mind, the stewardess Lara, whom she endows with the virtue of unconditional love. In contrast to the original play which inspired the film (Edvard Radzinsky’s 104 Pages about Love), Lara surrenders herself not to a rational scientist, but to an impetuous journalist whom she often passes during the course of her working day. Her sublime love is pitched between faith and scepticism and, no matter how profound and real it is, she presents it as a light-hearted game…

About the director

Vera Storozheva (b. 1958, Chelyabinsk region) studied at Moscow’s State Institute of Culture (1983) and attended the Higher Courses of Script Writers and Directors (1993). She and her husband, screenwriter and actor Sergei Popov, worked closely with Kira Muratova. She made 25 TV documentaries and the series "Live Pushkin” (Zhivoy Pushkin, 1999). After her short feature Divorce (Rozvod, 1992) she debuted in feature film with The Sky. The Plane. The Girl. (Nyebo. Samolyot. Dyevushka., 2002), screened in Venice. This was followed by the melodrama Frenchman (Francuz, 2003) and The Greek Vacation (Grecheskiye kanikuly, 2005). Her film Travelling with Pets (Putyeshestviye s domashnimi zhivotnymi, 2007) won the highest award at the Moscow IFF, the Golden St George. She also focuses on provincial situations in her latest film, Spring Will Soon Be Here (Skoro vyesna, 2009).

Contacts

Intercinema XXI Century
Druzhinnikovskaya Str. 15, 123 242, Moscow
Russia
Tel: +7 499 255 9052, +7 499 255 9082
Fax: +7 499 255 9053
E-mail: post@intercin.ru
www: www.intercinema.ru

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: A Female Take on Russia
   
Director: Vera Storozheva
Screenplay: Renata Litvinova
Dir. of Photography: Michail Kričman / Mikhail Krichman
Music: Alexej Šelygin / Alexey Sheligin, Alexander Bril
Editor: Ivan Lebeděv / Ivan Lebedev
Producer: Renata Litvinova, Jelena Jacura / Yelena Yatsura
Production: Bogvud Kino, Non Stop Production
Cast: Renata Litvinova, Dmitrij Orlov / Dmitry Orlov, Michail Jefremov / Mikhail Yefremov, Inga Strelkova-Oboldina
Contact: Intercinema XXI Century

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