USSR / France, 1991, 104mn 
Colour, fiction
An Independent Life
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Самостоятельная жизнь


 Une vie indépendante

 Samostoiatelnaia zhizn

Directed by : Vitali KANEVSKY (Виталий КАНЕВСКИЙ)
Writing credits : Vitali KANEVSKY (Виталий КАНЕВСКИЙ)
Aleksandr BASHIROV (Александр БАШИРОВ)
Dinara DRUKAROVA (Динара ДРУКАРОВА) ...Valka
Pavel NAZAROV (Павел НАЗАРОВ) ...Valerka
Yelena POPOVA (Елена ПОПОВА) ...La mère de Valerka
Cinematography : Vladimir BRYLIAKOV (Владимир БРЫЛЯКОВ)
Production design : Georgi KROPACHEV (Георгий КРОПАЧЕВ)
Sound : Kirill KUZMIN (Кирилл КУЗЬМИН)
Production : Dar / PXP Prods. and PCC, La sept cinema

Awards :
Special Jury prize Festival de Cannes, Cannes (France), 1992

Plot synopsis
Kanevskii confronts the viewer with a portrait of the eastern Primore (Coastal) district in the post-war years that, paradoxically, evokes the simultaneous extremes of recognition and incomprehension. This is at once a fragmented pastiche of memories and a cohesive and believable reality, a world unlike any imaginable and a mode of existence frighteningly familiar to those who understand the word "Zone" in its particular Stalinist-Soviet context. As a consequence, we are repulsed and confused by Kanevskii's conception of "place" and fascinated by its undeniable credibility as a past we know.
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Commentaries and bibliography
Самостоятельная жизнь под французским контролем, Andrey PLAKHOV,, 1994

Selected in the following festivals or events :
- Russian or Soviet films awarded at Berlin, Cannes or Venice, (France), 2023
- Festival ''East-West'', Die (France), 2010
- Festival de Cannes, Cannes (France), 1992
- Berlin International Film Festival : Berlinale, Berlin (Germany), 1992