New Directors Competition
A mixture of animation and opera, the movie tells the story of the 20th century in Russia and Josef Stalin’s reign of terror through fragments inspired by The Nose, written by Nikolai Gógol in 1836. Set to the score of Dmitri Shostakovich’s eponymous 1920s opera, composer Dmitri Shostakovitch, this film combines historical settings, biographies and masterpieces from Russian avant-garde artists, composers and writers from this totalitarianism period.
Winner of Special Jury Award at Annecy International Animated Film Festival. The film was also presented at International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Yury Arabov, Andrey Khrzhanovsky
Born in Moscow, Russia, in 1939. Works as a director, screenwriter and animator. He graduated in 1962 from VGIK, the film school in Moscow. His work is characterised by an interest in Russian history and culture. In 1966, Khrzhanovsky made his first film, the short Once Upon a Time There Lived Kozyavin. His most famous feature is A Room and a Half (2009), inspired by the work of the Russian poet and essayist Joseph Brodsky.