Bratya : Prix du meilleur premier film, Festival de Tbilissi
Director, scriptwriter, producer. Born in 1947 in Moscow. Graduated
from the acting department of the B.V.Schukin Theatrical College
(1969. class of V.Lvova and L.Shikhmatov), from the Higher Courses
for Scriptwriters and Directors (1982, class of E.Riazanov). In
1969—1970 acted on the stage of the Leningrad theatre of
Miniatures. In 1970—1981 acted in the Drama and Comedy
Theatre on Taganka. Author and host of TV programs.
Prominent Russian Film Director Ivan Dykhovichny Dies September 27, 2009 Written by Kathy Stover September 27, 2009 0
Ivan Dykhovichny, Oct. 16, 1947 – Sept. 27, 2009, screenwriter and director of film dramas, has died in Moscow at the age of 61.
Dykhovichny’s work was often set in beautiful places and dealt with love and conflict. The films – nearly a dozen during the 1980s through early 2000 – were perhaps so popular due to the contrast between old Russia and the new. His characters were often caught in between, struggling to find themselves as they longed for the past.
For instance, his film “Muzyka dlya dekabrya” (screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995) centers on the character Alexandre Larin. A famous artist and former Soviet citizen, Larin comes back to Russia after being away for some years in an attempt to see Masha Bersenjeva, a young beautiful woman whom he knew when she was a child. At the time he was going to marry her mother Anna, but instead fell in love with the daughter. Frightened of the situation he found himself in, he betrayed both women and left.
How much Ivan Dykhovichny’s characters represent new, future and old Russia, I don’t know. The synopsis of his films sound intriguing especially since the character “Larin” came back to Russia to take the young Masha to America – could it be new Russia moving towards capitalism? It sounds that way as an outsider looking in.
Ivan Dykhovichny will be laid to rest in the exclusive Noviodevichy cemetery in Moscow.