Archive of films Flights in Dreams and in Reality / Polyoty vo sne i nayavu
1982, 92 min
Section: Out of the Past
On the eve of his fortieth birthday, Sergey discovers that neither his job, his family, nor his comely lover are able to give his life meaning, and that his only intense moments occur in dreams that increasingly wrench him from reality. This Soviet hit from the early 1980s continues to offer a strong statement of a generation that was allowed to dream but couldn’t really live.
Sergey is an attractive man approaching forty who is acutely aware that nothing he has achieved during the better part of his life has brought him any satisfaction. His frantic sprints between his work, his lover and his family, and the constant lies he uses to explain his absence, only tighten the noose around his neck. The three days that separate him from the Big 40 might present an opportunity to change everything, or he might just lose it all instead.… The Soviet update of the literary concept of the "superfluous man,” filmed at the end of the Brezhnev Stagnation, was Balayan’s most successful title. It was here that he first engaged Oleg Yankovsky, an actor who subsequently appeared in the majority of the director’s films; without guile or pathos, he captures the existential dimension and contradictions of the morally questionable hero. The film surprisingly eluded the narrow gaze of the remorseless censors and was thus able to present audiences with a faithful portrayal of the social paralysis that befell the pre-perestroika era. Balayan’s plans for a sequel set in the rip-roaring world of 1990s capitalism were abandoned.
About the director
Roman Balayan (b. 1941, Nerkin-Horatagh, Nagorno-Karabach, USSR) did a stint of acting before turning to film direction. He studied the latter discipline in Yerevan and Kiev, where Sergei Parajanov helped him to launch his career. He established himself as a leading Soviet director with skilfully updated adaptations of Russian classics (Chekhov, Turgenev, Leskov), in which he captured pressing dilemmas of modern times (The Lone Wolf, 1977; The Sleuth, 1987; Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, 1989). In the audience hit Flights in Dreams and in Reality (1982) he achieved unprecedented authenticity exposing the inner conflict of a generation growing up during the Brezhnev Stagnation; here he also launched his highly inspirational collaboration with actor Oleg Yankovsky (The Kiss, 1983; Take Care of Me, My Talisman, 1986; Birds of Paradise, 2008), who congenially portrayed many of Balayan’s unruly heroes.
About the film
|Section:||Out of the Past|
|Screenplay:||Victor Merezhko, Sergey Antonov|
|Dir. of Photography:||Vilen Kaliuta|
|Production:||Oleksandr Dovzhenko Feature Film Studio|
|Cast:||Oleg Yankovsky, Oleg Tabakov, Lyudmila Gurchenko, Lyudmila Ivanova|
|Contact:||Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre|