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Alexander ASKOLDOV
Alexandre ASKOLDOV
USSR, 1967, 110 mn 
Black and white, fiction

The Commissar

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 La Commissaire


Directed by : Alexander ASKOLDOV (Александр АСКОЛЬДОВ)
Writing credits : Alexander ASKOLDOV (Александр АСКОЛЬДОВ)
Rolan BYKOV (Ролан БЫКОВ) ...Efim Magazanik
Nonna MORDYUKOVA (Нонна МОРДЮКОВА) ...Klavdia Vavilova, la commissaire
Leonid REUTOV (Леонид РЕУТОВ)
Vasili SHUKSHIN (Василий ШУКШИН) ...Kozyrev
Cinematography : Valery GINZBURG (Валерий ГИНЗБУРГ)
Production design : Sergey SEREBRENNIKOV (Сергей СЕРЕБРЕННИКОВ)
Music : Alfred SHNITKE (Альфред ШНИТКЕ)
Production : Mosfilm, Gorky Film Studio
Restauration : 1988
Release date in Russia : 1987

Awards :
Best Cinematography Valery GINZBURG , "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 1988
Best music Alfred SHNITKE , "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 1988
Best actor Rolan BYKOV , "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 1988
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Raisa NEDASHKOVSKAYA , "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 1988
Silver Bear Berlin International Film Festival : Berlinale, Berlin (Germany), 1988
FIPRESCI Prize Berlin International Film Festival : Berlinale, Berlin (Germany), 1988
Ecumenical Jury Prize Berlin International Film Festival : Berlinale, Berlin (Germany), 1988

DVD with subtitles
Editeur : Ruscico

Plot synopsis
The film is based on V. Grossman narrative “In Berdichev Town”.
The main character, commissar Klavdiya Vavilova, is going to birth a child in the climax of the combat operations in Ukraine. In this difficult situation she finds support and home in the family of poor craftsman Efim Magazannik, the father of large family.
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Commentaries and bibliography
Commissar. [Комиссар],, 2006
The montage of "Komissar" coincided with the end of the Six-Day War, and since Askoldov refused to change the ethnic origin of the Jewish family, he condemned himself to official ostracism until, thanks to the expansion of perestroika, the Berlin Film Festival projected it in 1987, where it collected the Special Prize of the Jury and of the Critic (FIPRESCI). "Komissar" was the first, and only, film of Askoldov, who survived thanks to sporadic works on television.

Selected in the following festivals :
- Arras International Film Festival, Arras (France), 2017
- Institut Lumière - Centenaire de la révolution d'octobre 1917, Lyon (France), 2017
- Russian film festival in Paris, Paris (France), 2017
- Moissons rouges - Caméras en campagne, Saint-Julien en Vercors (France), 2016
- Festival international du film de Marrakech : FIFM, Marrakech (Morocco), 2016
- Festival des Films de Russie et d'Ailleurs, Geneva - Lausanne (Switzerland), 2014
- Festival du film russe à Quimperlé, Quimperlé (France), 2013
- Kinojudaica in the Cinémathèque suisse, Lausanne (Switzerland), 2011
- Semaine de cinéma russe à la Cinémathèque de Luxembourg, Luxembourg (Luxembourg), 2010
- Pessac International History Film Festival, Pessac (France), 2009
- Kinojudaïca at the Shoah Memorial in Paris, Paris (France), 2009
- Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 2008
- Russian films in the cinema Arlequin, Paris (France), 2006
- Nantes Russian Film Festival, Nantes (France), 2001
- Berlin International Film Festival : Berlinale, Berlin (Germany), 1990
- Berlin International Film Festival : Berlinale, Berlin (Germany), 1988
- "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 1988

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