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Aleksandr ASKOLDOV
Aleksandr ASKOLDOV
USSR, 1967, 110 mn 
Black and white, fiction

The Commissar

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 La Commissaire


Directed by : Aleksandr ASKOLDOV (Александр АСКОЛЬДОВ)
Writing credits : Aleksandr 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
Sites : Page sur Allociné, page sur IMDb
VOD or DVD release in France : 2013-03-05, Site

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
Editeur : Editions Montparnasse. 2013. Titre : La Commisssaire.
Bonus Interview :
- Alexandre Askoldov (40')
- Nonna Mordyukova (5')
- Souvenirs de tournage autour du Making of : Rolan Bykov (30')
- Raïssa Nedachkovskaïa (4')
- Diaporama : affiches du film et photos de festivals (5')
- Dossier de presse (3')
- Photos du films (2')
- Photos du tournage (1'24)

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
La Commissaire, Le film interdit d'Alexandre Askoldov, Valérie POZNER, Video-conference, Cirrus Sorbonne, 2020
La Commissaire d'Askoldov, entre masculin et féminin., Catherine GERY, Video-conference, Cinéclub russe de la Sorbonne, 2019
La Commissaire, un film d'Alexandre Askolov, François GIRAUD, Review,, 2013
Commissar. [Комиссар], Article,, 2006
La non-existence, punition des artistes soviétiques non-conformes. Le cas d'Alexandre Askoldov et de son film, La Commissaire, Cécile VAISSIE, Article, Revue Communisme, no 70-71, 2002
La commissaire de Berditchev : une nouvelle de V. Grossman, un film de A. Askoldov, Françoise NAVAILH, Review, Pardès N°8, Editions J.C. Lattès, 1988
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 :
- Programme 2019-2020 organisé par la Sorbonne : films tabous et interdits en URSS, Paris (France), 2019
- 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
- VOD or DVD release in France of the film:, Different cities (France), 2013
- 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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