Aleksandr KHVAN
Александр ХВАН
Aleksandr KHVAN
Russia, 2003, 113mn 
Colour, fiction
Karmen
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Кармен

 

 Carmen

 Carmen

 
Directed by : Aleksandr KHVAN (Александр ХВАН)
Writing credits : Yuri KOROTKOV (Юрий КОРОТКОВ)
 
Cast
Maksim AVERIN (Максим АВЕРИН)
Yaroslav BOIKO (Ярослав БОЙКО)
Olga FILIPPOVA (Ольга ФИЛИППОВА)
Aleksey GORBUNOV (Алексей ГОРБУНОВ)
Igor PETRENKO (Игорь ПЕТРЕНКО)
 
Cinematography : Igor KOZHEVNIKOV (Игорь КОЖЕВНИКОВ)
Production design : Vladimir KARTASHOV (Владимир КАРТАШОВ)
Music : Gennadi GLADKOV (Геннадий ГЛАДКОВ)
Sound : Gleb KRAVETSKY (Глеб КРАВЕТСКИЙ)
Produced by : Sergey CHLIANTS (Сергей ЧЛИЯНЦ)
Companies : Pygmalion Production
Release Date in Russia : 31/03/2003
 

Awards :
Grand prix du Festival "L'automne de l'Amour", 2003

DVD with subtitles
Editor : Image Entertainment

Plot synopsis
Contrary to the Russian cinematic tradition, which values literary sources, Merimée is not mentioned in the film’s credits. In his interview, Khvan says that he also objected to using Bizet’s music in the film, because as much as the story is eternal, for his heroes everything is happening for the first time. Khvan adapts the story of love, obsession, and a yearning for freedom to the post-Soviet environment—and post-Soviet values. His femme fatale lacks the passion and allure of both the literary and the operatic prototype; instead she is practical and manipulative. Her appearance, which changes several times throughout the film, is that of a model, not a gypsy varmint.<...>
Source : Elena Prokhorova on www.kinokultura.com
 

commentaries
Aleksandr Khvan: Carmen (Karmen) (2003), Yelena PROKHOROVA, kinokultura.com, 2003
 
Review by Elena Prokhorova on www.kinokultura.com/

Selected in the following festivals :
- International debut film festival, Khanty Mansiysk (Russia), 2004
- Russian Film Week in Paris : Regards de Russie, Paris (France), 2003
- Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 2003
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2003
- Russian Film Week in New York, New York (USA), 2003