Sergey LIVNEV
Сергей ЛИВНЕВ
Sergueï LIVNEV
Russia, 1994, 93mn 
fiction
Hammer and Sickle
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Серп и молот

 

 La Faucille et le marteau

 Serp i Molot

 
Directed by : Sergey LIVNEV (Сергей ЛИВНЕВ)
Writing credits : Sergey LIVNEV (Сергей ЛИВНЕВ), Vladimir VALUTSKY (Владимир ВАЛУЦКИЙ)
 
Cast
Aleksey SEREBRIAKOV (Алексей СЕРЕБРЯКОВ)
Yevdokiya GERMANOVA (Евдокия ГЕРМАНОВА)
Marina KAIDALOVA (Марина КАЙДАЛОВА)
Alla KLIUKA (Алла КЛЮКА)
Gosha KUTSENKO (Гоша КУЦЕНКО)
Avangard LEONTIEV (Авангард ЛЕОНТЬЕВ)
Anatoli RAVIKOVICH (Анатолий РАВИКОВИЧ)
Vladimir STEKLOV (Владимир СТЕКЛОВ)
 
Cinematography : Sergey MACHILSKY (Сергей МАЧИЛЬСКИЙ)
Music : Leonid DESIATNIKOV (Леонид ДЕСЯТНИКОВ)
Produced by : Sergey LIVNEV (Сергей ЛИВНЕВ)
 

Plot synopsis
[...]Sergei Livnev’s Hammer and Sickle emphasizes the artificiality of high Stalinism by drawing attention to the stylized nature of Stalinist cultural production. Centered on a successful sex-change operation, the film stresses the constructed and performative nature of the Stalinist gendered subject. In spite of the film’s focus on stylization and gender performativity, the film is essentially anti-camp because, in its search for authenticity, it refutes both the Stalinist high style and Soviet gender performance. Following the protagonist’s transformations from peasant woman to model Soviet man and, finally, to a living museum, the three parts of the film fall into three genre categories: science fiction, ironic comedy, and melodrama. Set in the 1930s, the film tells of a state-sponsored sex-change operation. When a young peasant woman, Evdokiia Kuznetsova, is turned into Evdokim Kuznetsov, s/he is thrown into the center of the Stalinist project. Despite the apparent success of the operation—Evdokim gradually becomes a model Soviet man—he eventually realizes the artificiality of his position and tries to assert his subjectivity independent of the state. [...]
Irina Anisimova
 

Commentaries and bibliography
Hammer and Sickle [Серп и молот, Director Sergey LIVNEV, 1994], Irina ANISIMOVA, rusfilm.pitt.edu, 2012
Camp Cinema : Russian Style, rusfilm.pitt.edu, 2012
Кинокэмп по-русски, Andrew CHAPMAN, , 2012
Pulp fiction по-советски [О фильме Серп и молот], Irina LIUBARSKAIA, seance.ru, 1995
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- Russian film symposium. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh (USA), 2012
- Sputnik nad Polska, Warsaw (Poland), 2011