Andrei SMIRNOV
Андрей СМИРНОВ
Andreï SMIRNOV
Russia, 2010  
Colour, fiction
There once lived a simple woman
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Жила-была одна баба

 

 Il était une fois une bonne femme

 Zhila-byla odna baba

 
Directed by : Andrei SMIRNOV (Андрей СМИРНОВ)
Writing credits : Andrei SMIRNOV (Андрей СМИРНОВ)
 
Cast
Vladislav ABASHIN (Владислав АБАШИН ) ...Ivan
Aleksandr ARAVUSHKIN (Александр АРАВУШКИН)
Aleksandr_3 BORISOV (Александр_3 БОРИСОВ)
Daria EKAMASOVA (Дарья ЕКАМАСОВА) ...Varvara
Yevdokiya GERMANOVA (Евдокия ГЕРМАНОВА) ...Feklusha
Roman MADIANOV (Роман МАДЯНОВ) ...Baranchik
Nina RUSLANOVA (Нина РУСЛАНОВА) ...Kryachikha
Vsevolod SHILOVSKY (Всеволод ШИЛОВСКИЙ) ...Father Eremey
 
Cinematography : Nikolay IVASIV (Николай ИВАСИВ), Yuri SHAIGARDANOV (Юрий ШАЙГАРДАНОВ)
Production design : Vladimir GUDILIN (Владимир ГУДИЛИН)
Sound : Andrei KHUDIAKOV (Андрей ХУДЯКОВ)
Produced by : Andrei SMIRNOV (Андрей СМИРНОВ)
Production : REKUN-cinema (РЕКУН-синема)
 
Site : Page IMDb

Awards :
Third Award Sputnik nad Polska, Warsaw (Poland), 2012
Prize of the Festival President Window to Europe Film Festival, Vyborg, Vyborg (Russia), 2011
Best actress Daria EKAMASOVA , Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2011
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Aleksey SEREBRIAKOV , Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2011
Best feature film "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2011
Best actress Daria EKAMASOVA , "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2011
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Roman MADIANOV , "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2011
Best Screenplay Andrei SMIRNOV , "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2011
Best Set Decoration Vladimir GUDILIN , "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2011

Plot synopsis
World War I, the Russian Revolution, Civil War and famine ripped apart the Russian Village. Peasants who refused to obey the new authorities found themselves dispossessed of their land, property and, all too often, their lives. Once Upon a Time There Lived a Simple Woman tells the brutal story of Russia’s suffering during the darkest pages of its history as seen through the life, loves and tragic fate of Varvara, a simple Russian woman. A gripping historical drama that shows with epic authority man’s inhumanity to man.
 

Commentaries and bibliography
ДОМ, В КОТОРОМ МЫ ЖИВЁМ. (О фильмах Жила-была одна баба А.Смирнова и Дом О.Погодина), Федерация киноклубов России, 2013
Andrei Smirnov : Once There Lived a Simple Woman (Zhila-byla odna baba, 2011), Anindita BANERJEE, kinokultura.com, 2012
Жила-была одна баба, Andrei SMIRNOV, Сеанс, 2011
Смотрим фильм — читаем книгу [О фильме Жила-была одна баба, Andrei SMIRNOV, seance.ru, 2011
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 2014
- Russian Resurrection Film Festival, Different cities (Australia), 2012
- Days of Russian cinema in Limoges, Limoges (France), 2012
- Sputnik nad Polska, Warsaw (Poland), 2012
- International Film Festival Tarkovski, Ivanovo (Russia), 2012
- International Film Festival : Pacific Meridians, Vladivostok (Russia), 2012
- Honfleur Russian Film Festival, Honfleur (France), 2011
- Russian Film Week in Paris : Regards de Russie, Paris (France), 2011
- Russische Filmwoche in Berlin, Berlin (Germany), 2011
- Sputnik nad Polska, Warsaw (Poland), 2011
- "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2011
- Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2011
- International Festival of Contemporary Cinema «Zavtra / 2morrow», Moscow (Russia), 2011
- Window to Europe Film Festival, Vyborg, Vyborg (Russia), 2011