Andrei KONCHALOVSKY
Андрей КОНЧАЛОВСКИЙ
Andreï KONTCHALOVSKI
Russia / France, 2002, 104mn 
Colour, fiction
House of Fools
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Дом дураков

 

 La Maison des fous

 Dom durakov

 
Directed by : Andrei KONCHALOVSKY (Андрей КОНЧАЛОВСКИЙ)
Writing credits : Andrei KONCHALOVSKY (Андрей КОНЧАЛОВСКИЙ)
 
Cast
Yelena FOMINA (Елена ФОМИНА)
Sultan ISLAMOV (Султан ИСЛАМОВ)
Yevgeni MIRONOV (Евгений МИРОНОВ) ...L'officier
Yuri SHERSTNEV (Юрий ШЕРСТНЕВ)
Yulia VYSOTSKAIA (Юлия ВЫСОЦКАЯ)
Anatoli ZHURAVLYOV (Анатолий ЖУРАВЛЕВ)
 
Cinematography : Sergey KOZLOV (Сергей КОЗЛОВ)
Production design : Liubov SKORINA (Любовь СКОРИНА)
Music : Eduard ARTEMIEV (Эдуард АРТЕМЬЕВ)
Sound : Andrei KORINSKY (Андрей КОРИНСКИЙ), Vladimir OREL (Владимир ОРЕЛ), Yevgeni TEREKHOVSKY (Евгений ТЕРЕХОВСКИЙ)
Produced by : Andrei KONCHALOVSKY (Андрей КОНЧАЛОВСКИЙ)
Production : Mosfilm, Persona, Luch, Hachette Première, Bac Films
Release date in Russia : 05/12/2002
 
Language russe
Sites : Allociné, IMDb
Release date in France : 2003-08-06, Site

Awards :
Jury's Special Grand Prix Venice International Film Festival, Venice (Italy), 2002
UNICEF Award Venice International Film Festival, Venice (Italy), 2002

Plot synopsis
War brings together a disillusioned soldier and a sweet but delusional woman in this romantic comedy-drama from director Andrei Konchalovsky. A small Russian mental hospital near the border of Chechnya is home to a group of eccentric but harmless patients, among them Janna (Julia Vysotsky), a cheerful woman who likes to play accordion and is convinced pop singer Bryan Adams is her fiancé; over-excitable Vika (Marina Politseymako); and highly prolific would-be poet Ali (Stanislav Varkki). When fighting between Russians and Chechens flares up and bombing threatens the hospital, the doctor in charge (Vladas Bagdonas) goes out to find vehicles to evacuate his patients, briefly leaving them to their own devices. While the doctor is away, a group of Chechen soldiers happen upon the hospital, but they seemingly mean no harm to the patients, and one of them, Ahmed (Sultan Islamov), starts flirting with Janna. Janna quickly falls head over heels for Ahmed, and leaves behind her treasured Bryan Adams poster to be with him...though in her mind, Adams isn't about to give up her affections without a fight. As love grows between them, Ahmed finds himself wondering just who is supposed to be sane -- the lunatics at the hospital, or the soldiers fighting a pointless war. Bryan Adams appears as himself in Dom Durakov, and sings several songs, including his international hit "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman."
Mark Deming, www.allmovie.com
 

Commentaries and bibliography
RUSSIA BEYOND : Top 5 des meilleurs films du réalisateur russe Andreï Kontchalovski, Ekaterina SINELCHTCHIKOVA, RUSSIA BEYOND, 2020
Le cinéma des années 1990-2000. Images dispersées, Françoise NAVAILH, Russie, peuples et civilisations, La découverte, 2005
Andrei Konchalovskii: House of Fools (Dom durakov) (2002), Marcia LANDY, kinokultura.com, 2004
"Надо понять, как заманить американцев" Во Франции приглядываются к Дому дураков и Кукушке, Joël CHAPRON, kommersant.ru, 2002
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- Rétrospective Andreï Kontchalovski à la Cinémathèque de Toulouse, Toulouse (France), 2020
- Andrey Konchalovsky retrospective at the Cinémathèque française, Paris (France), 2020
- Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival : PÖFF, Tallinn (Estonia), 2019
- Festival Andrey Konchalovsky, Moscow (Russia), 2012
- Festival "Vivat Kino Rossii", St Petersburg (Russia), 2012
- International Festival of Muslim Cinema, Kazan (Russia), 2012
- Art Film Festival, Trencin (Slovakia), 2012
- Russian Film Festival, London (United Kingdom), 2012
- Sputnik nad Polska, Warsaw (Poland), 2011
- Une semaine de cinéma caucasien à l'Action Christine, Paris (France), 2010
- Retrospective Andrey Konchalovsky, Paris (France), 2009
- Douarnenez Film Festival, Douarnenez (France), 2009
- Festival international du film de Marrakech : FIFM, Marrakech (Morocco), 2008
- Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 2005
- Release in France of the film, Different cities (France), 2003-08-06
- Honfleur Russian Film Festival, Honfleur (France), 2003
- Golden Eagle awards, Moscow (Russia), 2003
- Venice International Film Festival, Venice (Italy), 2002
- "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2002

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