Russia / France, 1994, 154mn 
Colour, fiction
Burnt by the Sun
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Утомленные солнцем


 Soleil trompeur

 Utomlyonnye solntsem

Directed by : Nikita MIKHALKOV (Никита МИХАЛКОВ)
Writing credits : Rustam IBRAGIMBEKOV (Рустам ИБРАГИМБЕКОВ), Nikita MIKHALKOV (Никита МИХАЛКОВ)
Oleg MENSHIKOV (Олег МЕНЬШИКОВ) ...Dmitri (Mitia)
Nikita MIKHALKOV (Никита МИХАЛКОВ) ...Sergueï Petrovitch Kotov
Ingeborga DAPKUNAITE (Ингеборга ДАПКУНАЙТЕ) ...Marusya
Svetlana KRIUCHKOVA (Светлана КРЮЧКОВА) ...Mokhova
Nadezhda MIKHALKOVA (Надежда МИХАЛКОВА) ...Nadia
Yevgeni MIRONOV (Евгений МИРОНОВ) ...Micha
Vyacheslav TIKHONOV (Вячеслав ТИХОНОВ) ...Vsevolod Konstantinovitch
Cinematography : Vilen KALYUTA (Вилен КАЛЮТА)
Production design : Vladimir ARONIN (Владимир АРОНИН)
Music : Eduard ARTEMIEV (Эдуард АРТЕМЬЕВ)
Produced by : Nikita MIKHALKOV (Никита МИХАЛКОВ), Leonid VERESHCHAGIN (Леонид ВЕРЕЩАГИН)
Production : Trite, Michel Seydoux-Canal+ / Camera One, Roscomkino, Club Russe
Film revenue in Russia : 0.160 million dollars
Spectators : 0,5298 million spectators in the USSR
Site : IMDb
Release date in France : 1994-08-31, Site

Awards :
Special Jury prize Festival de Cannes, Cannes (France), 1994
Oscar du meilleur film étranger aux USA, 1994

DVD with subtitles
Editor : Ruscico
Editor : Fox Pathé Europe

Plot synopsis
In the Soviet Union of 1936 revolutionary hero, Colonel Kotov, is spending an idyllic summer in his dacha with his wife and their 6 year old daughter. They are surprised by the arrival of the charming Mitia, who exploits his status as an old family friend to carry out a dark mission. Kotov's confidence in himself and his country are at first unshakable; he is unable to comprehend that his peaceful family idyll is about to be destroyed by the brutality of the Stalinist regime.
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Commentaries and bibliography
Les sept films soviétiques et russes les plus primés, RUSSIA BEYOND, 2022
Soleil Trompeur, de Nikita Mikhalkov [1994] : l’amour au temps des Purges, Hervé AUBERT,, 2021
4 Nikita Mikhalkov films that have become world cinema classics, Valery Kuznetsov, RUSSIA BEYOND, 2020
Soleil trompeur (Утомлённые солнцем) de Nikita Mikhalkov, Benoît Thevenin,, 2010
Speaking in Tongues : Poetic Language in Nikita Mikhalkov’s Burnt by the Sun, Mariya BOSTON,, 2010
Le cinéma des années 1990-2000. Images dispersées, Françoise NAVAILH, Russie, peuples et civilisations, La découverte, 2005
Burnt by the sun, Birgit BEUMERS, I.B.Tauris, 2000
Soleil trompeur : une boule de feu dans la gorge, Jean-Pierre LEONARDINI,, 1994
Михалков против Михалкова, Andrey PLAKHOV,, 1994

Selected in the following festivals :
- Russian film festival in Paris, Paris (France), 2021
- Russian film festival in Ajaccio, Ajaccio (France), 2018
- Festival Rivages-Russie-Evénements, Nantes (France), 2016
- Moissons rouges - Caméras en campagne, Saint-Julien en Vercors (France), 2016
- Russian film festival in Paris, Paris (France), 2016
- Festival international du film de Marrakech : FIFM, Marrakech (Morocco), 2016
- Beijing's First Ever International Film Festival, Beijing (China), 2013
- Festival Ciné sans Frontières, Gujan Mestra (France), 2013
- Festival du film russe à Quimperlé, Quimperlé (France), 2013
- Sputnik nad Polska, Warsaw (Poland), 2012
- Festival "Vivat Kino Rossii", St Petersburg (Russia), 2011
- Retrospective Nikita Mikhalkov in Paris, Paris (France), 2010
- Pessac International History Film Festival, Pessac (France), 2009
- Küstendorf International Film and Music Festival, Kustendorf (Serbia), 2009
- Damascus International Film Festival, Damascus (Syria), 2009
- Lecce European Film Festival, Lecce (Italy), 2008
- Nantes Russian Film Festival, Nantes (France), 1997
- Festival de Cannes, Cannes (France), 1994
- Release in France of the film, Different cities (France), 1994-08-31

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