Russia, 1992, 60mn 
Black and white, documentary
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 Les Belov


Directed by : Viktor KOSSAKOVSKY (Виктор КОСАКОВСКИЙ)
Writing credits : Viktor KOSSAKOVSKY (Виктор КОСАКОВСКИЙ), Yuri SCHILLER (Юрий ШИЛЛЕР)
Cinematography : Leonid KONOVALOV (Леонид КОНОВАЛОВ), Viktor KOSSAKOVSKY (Виктор КОСАКОВСКИЙ)
Release date in Russia : 01/02/1993

Awards :
Premier prix, prix du jury oecuménique, prix de la Fipresci et prix du public au Festival du Film documentaire, Nion (Suisse), 1993

DVD with subtitles
Editor : Potemkine. 2013. Titre : Belovy

Plot synopsis
Beautifully shot in vintage black and white, Belovy (the Belovs) tells the story of two times widow Anna Belova who lives together with her brother Mikhail. Blending the two personalities, Kossakovsky characterizes the true Russian soul: she is the rational worker, honest and strong- he is the drunken poet, the idealist, his philosophy fades into radical nonsense time after time. Kossakovsky ingeniously knows to cut between a noisy quarrel and a hedgehog drinking in the early morning sun. The two seem to live alone in the world until two other brothers come to visit. They wonder if there is a measure for misery, they quarrel, take a steam-bath and go skinny- dipping in a nearby river.

Commentaries and bibliography
RUSSIA BEYOND : Sept films documentaires russes qui vous captiveront jusqu'au bout, Ekaterina SINELCHTCHIKOVA, RUSSIA BEYOND, 2020
A propos du DVD du film Les Belov de Victor Kossakovski, aux éditions Potemkine, Virgile DUMEZ,, 2013

Selected in the following festivals or events :
- Escales documentaires. Festival international du documentaire de création de la Rochelle, La Rochelle (France), 2012
- Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival : IDFA, Amsterdam (Netherlands), 2012
- International Art Documentary Film Festival "Artdocfest", Moscow (Russia), 2011
- Month of the documentary in France, Different cities (France), 2010
- Russian Documentary Film Festival "Flahertiana in Brussels", Brussels (Belgium), 2009
- Russian documentaries - musée du quai Branly (Paris), Paris (France), 2008
- États généraux du film documentaire, Lussas (France), 2003
- États généraux du film documentaire, Lussas (France), 2001
- "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 1992

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