PÖFF Lifetime Achievement Award - Andrei Kontchalovski
Historical, Drama, Biographical, Art - Culture
Alisher Burkhanovich Usmanov
Andrey Konchalovskiy, Elena Kiseleva
Karolina Maciejewska, Sergey Taraskin
Orso Maria Guerrini, Yuliya Vysotskaya, Riccardo Landi, Glen Blackhall, Jakob Diehl
Production Center of Andrei Konchalovsky, Jean Vigo Italia, Rai Cinema
The audience has been impatiently waiting for this film for several years.
At the age of 82, Konchalovsky is enjoying his second youth. His latest films, “Paradise” and “The Postman’s White Nights”, won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival. “Sin” was Putin’s gift to Pope Francis. Why should we not be looking forward to it?
Italy, the beginning of the 16th century. Michelangelo Buonarroti is forced to balance between two influential clients, the feuding Della Roveres and Medicis. He lies, bootlicks, breaks agreements and concludes new ones behind backs – solely for the purpose of applying his godly talent. But that’s not the only thing gnawing away at his soul. Michelangelo feels that his art which is dedi-cated to God is nevertheless not godly, does not show the path to the Almighty. He searches, yearning to create something so beautiful that it would redeem all his sins.
It is an extraordinary portrait of a restless artist who lives in inspir-ing but cruel times, which can also be considered as a symbolic sequel to “Andrei Rublev” that was co-written by Konchalovsky. The colours and the ambience in this Italian-language film are very special, as authentic as possible, bringing the era to life and allowing us to sense what we see. Michelangelo is played by Alberto Testone who is a dental technician by profession, but has also previously played Pasolini on the big screen.
Andrei Konchalovsky There is no doubt that the 82-year-old Andrei Konchalovsky is one of the most influential Russian film directors. One of the last representatives of the generation that emerged in the 1960s, who is still actively making films and, as if that was not enough, earns high recognition for those films. In the 2010s, he has twice won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, not to even mention smaller awards. He directs both in the theatre of word and opera, writes books, speaks out on social topics, and works as the president of the Russian Film Academy Nika. The Russian president personally takes into account his points of view.
It is not easy to bring Konchalovsky’s creation, his search for form to one denominator. “He changes his face, backs away from his decisions, calmly watch- ing how the sand covers his tracks,” literary critic Lev Anninsky once wrote. And it’s true, we can find a won- derful amalgamation of work: collaboration with both Andrei Tarkovsky and Sylvester Stallone, Kirgizfilm and Hollywood, films based on classical literary texts (“A Nest of Gentry” and “Uncle Vanya”), musical melodrama “A Lover’s Romance”, 3.5-hour epic drama/film poem “Siberiade” (Special Prize at the Cannes Film Festival), action film “Tango and Cash”, tragicomedy “Gloss”, 3D fairy tale film “The Nutcracker”...
But above all, “The Story of Asya Klyachina, Who Loved but Did Not Marry”, produced in 1967, censored and removed from distribution due to slandering the Soviet people and the socialist reality. The film completely ignores the former template depiction of Russian village life and represents documentary realism – workers and collective farmers play themselves in their natural environment – was only screened in 1988 and belongs among the most important works in the history of Russian film.
Konchalovsky returns to the documentary genre in the 2010s in his film “The Postman’s White Nights”. That sparked another creative peak period for him, which has lasted until today and the last example of which is “Sin”, the story of the great Michelangelo, in which Konchalovsky again uses one of the main motifs of his creation – the unattainability of perfection.
“I attest to emotional cinematography – an art form which operates with a line of emotions,” the winner of the PÖFF Lifetime Achievement Award has said. May that summarise his creation.
Director's filmography: 1965 Pervyy uchitel (Esimene õpetaja), 1967 Istoriya Asi Klyachinoy, kotoraya lyubila, da ne vyshla zamuzh (Lugu Asja Kljatšinast, kes küll armastas, aga mehele ei läinud), 1969 Dvoryanskoe gnezdo (Aadlipesa), 1970 Dyadya Vanya (Onu Vanja), 1974 Romans ovlyublyonnykh (Romanss armunutest), 1978 Siberiade (Siberiaad), 1984 Maria’s Lovers (Maria armukesed), 1985 Runaway Train (Põgenev rong), 1986 Duet for One (Duett ühele), 1987 Shy People (Häbelikud inimesed), 1989 Homer and Eddie (Homer ja Eddie), 1989 Tango & Cash (Tango ja Cash), 1991 The Inner Circle (Sisemine ring), 1994 Kurochka Ryaba (Kirju kana), 1997 The Odyssey (Odüsseia, TV-film), 2002 Dom durakov (Hullumaja), 2003 The Lion in Winter (Lõvi talvel, TV-film), 2007 Glyanets (Sära), 2010 The Nutcracker (Pähklipureja), 2014 Belye nochi pochtalyona Alekseya Tryapitsyna (Postiljon Aleksei Trjapitsõni valged ööd), 2016 Ray (Paradiis), 2019 Il peccato (Patt)