USSR, 1952, 42mn 
Colour, animation
The Scarlet flower
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Аленький цветочек


 La Petite fleur écarlate

 Alenkiy tsvetochek

Directed by : Lev ATAMANOV (Лев АТАМАНОВ)
Writing credits : Georgi GREBNER (Георгий ГРЕБНЕР)
Cinematography : Mikhail DRUYAN (Михаил ДРУЯН)
Production design : Leonid SHVARTSMAN (Леонид ШВАРЦМАН)
Music : Nikolay BUDASHKIN (Николай БУДАШКИН)
Animation : Fyodor KHITRUK (Федор ХИТРУК)
Production : Soyuzmultfilm
Restauration : Studio Gorki en 1987

Plot synopsis
The film is based on a fairy tale of the same name by the Russian writer A. Aksakov. A merchant had three daughters. Setting out for an overseas travel, he promised to bring them presents, whatever they wished. The two elder sisters asked for fabrics and other beautiful trinkets. But his youngest and most loved daughter, Alyona, ordered a remarkable, hitherto unseen wonder – a scarlet flower, which she dreamed about in her sleep. That flower was to be found in a far-away land, in the realm of a forest beast. The merchant set off on his trip. He did find the flower, but ended up a captive of the beast. Alyona followed her father to the far-away land. Her self-sacrifice was rewarded: the forest beast proved to be an enchanted handsome prince. The beautiful girl fell in love with him for his kind heart, freeing him from the spell of the evil sorceress. And they had a merry wedding party.
Source : www.ruscico.com

Commentaries and bibliography
Dix dessins animés emblématiques du studio soviétique Soyouzmoultfilm, Alexandra GOUZEVA, RUSSIA BEYOND, 2023
Русская классика в мультфильмах, Лидия УТЁМОВА, culture.ru, 2020

Selected in the following festivals or events :
- Russian or Soviet animated films (1906-1991), kinoglaz.fr (France), 2023
- Animated film directors. Russia-USSR 1906-1991, kinoglaz.fr (France), 2023
- International Film Festival "Ciné Junior", Val de Marne (France), 2013
- Festival "Vivat Kino Rossii", St Petersburg (Russia), 2012
- Festival international de cinéma d'animation de Meknes : FICAM, Meknes (Morocco), 2011
- "Spirit of Fire" International Debut Film Festival, Khanty Mansiysk (Russia), 2007

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