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Alexandre SOKUROV
Александр СОКУРОВ
Alexandre SOKOUROV
 
Russia, 2000, 101 mn 
Colour, fiction

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 Telets


 
Directed by : Alexandre SOKUROV ( Александр СОКУРОВ)
Writing credits : Yuri ARABOV (Юрий АРАБОВ)
 
Cast
Mariya KUZNETSOVA (Мария КУЗНЕЦОВА) ...Kroupskaïa
Leonid MOZGOVOY (Леонид МОЗГОВОЙ) ...Lénine
Natalya NIKULENKO (Наталия НИКУЛЕНКО) ...Une soeur
Sergey RAZHUK (Сергей РАЖУК) ...Staline
 
Cinematography : Alexandre SOKUROV ( Александр СОКУРОВ)
Production design : Natalya KOCHERGINA (Наталия КОЧЕРГИНА)
Produced by : Vladimir PERSOV (Владимир ПЕРСОВ), Viktor SERGEYEV (Виктор СЕРГЕЕВ)
Production : Lenfilm, Bereg
Release date in Russia : 09/12/2000
 

Awards :
Best film Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2001
Best directing Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2001
Best actress Mariya KUZNETSOVA , Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2001
Best actor Leonid MOZGOVOY , Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2001
Best Screenplay Yuri ARABOV , Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2001
Best Cinematography Alexandre SOKUROV , Aleksey RODIONOV , Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2001
Best Set Decoration Natalya KOCHERGINA , Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2001
Best feature film "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2001
Best directing "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2001
Best Cinematography Alexandre SOKUROV , "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2001
Best Screenplay Yuri ARABOV , "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2001
Best Set Decoration Natalya KOCHERGINA , "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2001
Best actor Leonid MOZGOVOY , "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2001
Best actress Mariya KUZNETSOVA , "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2001
Prix de l'Etat, 2001

Plot synopsis
Sokurov's latest film is a new parable about the redistribution of power. The realities of life in the early 20's in Soviet Russia, the easily recognisable faces and personalities of the characters of that period in Russian history are not the subject of this film but only the setting of a narrative, a symbolic means for turning a filmic short–story upside down. The Diseased Leader, his Wife and Sister, the Doctor, the Guards, and the Future Successor are portrayed with documentary precision, as well as with the free abstraction of artistic imagination. It is as though the historical environment were being turned inside out on screen, and the fragments of private life magnified — life drawing to its close… By confronting his disease, the historical personality turns out to be a simple human being, unable to change anything — not the destiny of the country under his rule, not even the destiny of his doomed, failed family, nor his own disintegrating personality.
The last realm where the main character still possesses some effort of will is his own feeble body — whose suffering he would like to stop — but this, too, is not in his powers. The conflict between the global pretensions of a demanding will that has not yet expired and an almost total physical and intellectual impotence creates a tragi–comical effect. The drama develops into a parody, while the animated ritual fuss around the “distinguished” patient exposes the tragic motifs of a lonely and desolate human being.
The film director has constructed an artistic and philosophical model of the destructive mechanism of an aggressive will that ultimately suppresses life in its bearer. In his previous film, “Moloch”, Sokurov created a similar model, incorporating various documents of the Third Reich and the environment of Hitler's “fortress”, the Berghof. In his film, “Telets”, he has made use of Russian historical material in the decor, interiors and landscapes of Lenin's residence in Gorki. This is the second film in a trilogy on the decline of power.
Sokurov was also the director of photography of this work and is thus the sole author of all visual aspects of the film. “Telets” is based on the script written by Yuri Arabov. The role of the Leader is played by Leonid Mozgovoy, who also played Hitler in “Moloch”. Other parts were played by St. Petersburg–based actors Maria Kuznetsova, Natalia Nikulenko, Lev Yeliseev, Sergey Razhuk and others.
Alexandra Tuchinskaya
English translation by Nora Hoppe., © 2002
Source : www.sokurov.spb.ru
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- Saison du Club du Cinéma Russe de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (France), 2012
- Haifa International Film Festival, Haifa (Israel), 2012
- Independant European Film Festival VOICES, Vologda (Russia), 2011
- Alexandre Sokourov : des pages cachées, Paris (France), 2010
- Festival de Cannes, Cannes (France), 2001
- Honfleur Russian Film Festival, Honfleur (France), 2001
- "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2001
- Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2001

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