Mikhail SEGAL
Михаил СЕГАЛ
Mikhaïl SEGAL
Russia, 2005, 119mn 
Colour, fiction
Franz + Polina
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Франц + Полина


 Franz + Polina

 Franz + Polina

Directed by : Mikhail SEGAL (Михаил СЕГАЛ)
Writing credits : Mikhail SEGAL (Михаил СЕГАЛ), Vladimir STEPANENKO (Владимир СТЕПАНЕНКО)
Svetlana IVANOVA (Светлана ИВАНОВА)
Mikhail SEGAL (Михаил СЕГАЛ)
Adrian TOPOL (Адриан ТОПОЛЬ)
Cinematography : Maksim TRAPO (Максим ТРАПО)
Production design : Aleksandr MAKSIMOVICH (Александр МАКСИМОВИЧ)
Music : Andrzej PETRAS (Анджей ПЕТРАС)
Produced by : Oleg URUSHEV (Олег УРУШЕВ)
Production : Ugra –film (Югра-фильм)
Release date in Russia : 25/06/2006
format : 35 mm
Sites : www.franzipolina.ru, www.ugra-tv.ru/kino/prog.php?franz

Awards :
Prix du meilleur opérateur à Maksim Trapo au Festival de Khanty-Mansiïsk (Ханты Мансийск), 2007
Prix spécial du jury des premiers films au Festival littérature et cinéma (Gatchina), 2007
Grand prix du festival de Cabourg 2007

Plot synopsis
1943. In Byelorussia, hundreds of villages are burned to the ground in reprisal against the partisans and as part of the plan to liquidate the Slavic population. An SS detachment, sent to carry out this mission in one village, receives last minute instructions to suspend the operation. Instead of exterminating the locals, the SS become their "pleasant" and obliging guests. Will Franz, a sensitive and somewhat naive young German soldier, have the chance to declare his feelings to pretty young Polina before a new order is received? How much time does he have left ? The young couple will soon be forced to choose between their mutual attraction and a sheer desire to survive.
Source : www.ffm.ca/en_index.html

Commentaries and bibliography
Mikhail Segal : Franz + Polina (2006), Denise YOUNGBLOOD, kinokultura.com, 2007

Selected in the following festivals :
- Russian film symposium. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh (USA), 2015
- Nantes Russian Film Festival, Nantes (France), 2008
- World Film Festival, Montreal (Canada), 2007
- Festival international de programmes audiovisuels (FIPA), Biarritz (France), 2007
- Festival ''Cinema and literature'', Gatchina (Russia), 2007
- Festival "Vivat Kino Rossii", St Petersburg (Russia), 2007
- International debut film festival, Khanty Mansiysk (Russia), 2007
- GIFF. Geneva International Film Festival, Geneva (Switzerland), 2007
- Russian Film Week in Paris : Regards de Russie, Paris (France), 2006
- FilmFestival Cottbus - Festival of East European Cinema, Cottbus (Germany), 2006
- Russische Filmwoche in Berlin, Berlin (Germany), 2006
- Film Festival of CIS countries, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia "Kinoshock", Anapa (Russia), 2006
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2006