USSR / Germany, 1990, 132mn 
Colour, fiction
Spotted Dog Running At The Edge Of the Sea
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Пегий пес, бегущий краем моря


 Le Chien pie qui court au bord de la mer

 Pegiy pios, begushchiy krayem morya

Directed by : Karen GEVORKIAN (Карен ГЕВОРКЯН)
Writing credits : Karen GEVORKIAN (Карен ГЕВОРКЯН), Tolomush OKEYEV (Толомуш ОКЕЕВ)
Lyudmila IVANOVA (Людмила ИВАНОВА)
Aleksandr SASYKOV (Александр САСЫКОВ)
Cinematography : Igor BELYAKOV (Игорь БЕЛЯКОВ), Karen GEVORKIAN (Карен ГЕВОРКЯН), Rudolf VATINYAN (Рудольф ВАТИНЯН)
Production design : Yevgeni STRILETSKY (Евгений СТРИЛЕЦКИЙ), Georgi USENKO (Георгий УСЕНКО)
Music : Shandor KALLOSH (Шандор КАЛЛОШ)
Sound : Aleksandr KUZMIN (Александр КУЗЬМИН)
Production : Studio Dovzhenko, Talisman
Site : IMDb

Awards :
First prize Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 1991
FIPRESCI Prize Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 1991
Special Prize Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 1991
Premier prix du programme "Films pour l'élite ?", Sotchi, 1991
Prix de la presse cinématographique du meilleur film de l'année, 1991
Grand prix du film s'auteur au Festival de San Remo, 1993
Grand prix du Festival de Valenciennes, 1993

Plot synopsis
This unusual and wintry film received the Grand Prize at the Moscow International Film Festival in 1991 and was considered artistically important by many critics. However, not all of them were of the same opinion, and the Variety reviewer for the movie trade attacked it with particularly sustained, passionate invective. The movie takes place among the Nyvkh people, an indigenous tribal group that lives on the far northern Arctic islands of Japan. Scenes from life in one of their settlements indicate that their lives are physically strenuous, and that they have an unusual relationship with nature. After some initial scenes, the story follows a family elder as he asks permission from a tree to cut it down and make a canoe with it. Eventually it is made, and three generations of Nyvkh men take it onto the ocean for a fishing expedition. A fog rolls in, and the three grown men and one child are stranded on the ocean without any sense of where they are. Each of the men, beginning with the oldest, debates with himself whether his continued survival will benefit anyone, and when he senses that the answer is "no," slips into the sea, until only the youngest is left. He is a little boy just past the age of being a toddler, and the boat, seemingly by chance, bumps into shore with him in it.
Clarke Fountain, www.allmovie.com

Commentaries and bibliography
90-е. Кино, которое мы потеряли, Larisa MALUKOVA, Зебра Е ; 2007 г., 2007

Selected in the following festivals or events :
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2018
- Sputnik nad Polska, Warsaw (Poland), 2009
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2005
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 1991
- Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 1991
- "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 1991

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