USSR, 1966, 109mn 
Black and white, fiction
Iyulskiy Dozhd
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 July Rain

 Pluie de juillet

Directed by : Marlen KHUTSIEV (Марлен ХУЦИЕВ)
Writing credits : Anatoli GREBNEV (Анатолий ГРЕБНЕВ), Marlen KHUTSIEV (Марлен ХУЦИЕВ)
Aleksandr BELYAVSKY (Александр БЕЛЯВСКИЙ) ...Volodia
Zinovi GERDT (Зиновий ГЕРДТ)
Aleksandr MITTA (Александр МИТТА) ...Vladik
Yevgeniya URALOVA (Евгения УРАЛОВА) ...Lena
Yuri VIZBOR (Юрий ВИЗБОР) ...Alik
Cinematography : German LAVROV (Герман ЛАВРОВ)
Production design : Georgi KOLGANOV (Георгий КОЛГАНОВ)
Companies : Mosfilm
Film revenue in Russia : 0.045332 million dollars
Release Date in Russia : 07/08/1967
Site : IMDb

Plot synopsis
Lena and Volodya are going to marry, but the girl finds out in time that her bridegroom is a mean and ignoble man. After leaving him the girl meets Zhenya in the rain, which washes all unnecessaries from her former life.
Source :

RUSSIA BEYOND : Cinq films nostalgiques soviétiques d’été, Valeria PAÏKOVA, RUSSIA BEYOND, 2021
Второй план в советском кино, Yevgeni MARGOLIT,, 2012
The main character of the film, Lena, is an engineer in a printing house. Her fiancé Volodya is a promising scientist. According to the ironic definition of a friend, “anti-magnetic, frost-resistant, waterproof, anti-corrosion, refractory ... does not burn in dense layers of the atmosphere.” They are about thirty. The film tells about their lives over several months: from the July rain to late autumn.

The Khrushchev thaw was replaced by the Brezhnev stagnation. Russian film critic Miron Chernenko called July Rain a requiem for the era, a film in which the heroes of Ilyich's Outpost not only matured by more than three years – they matured by a whole historical cataclysm. Chernenko wrote about the film as follows: “Never before Khutsiev was so close to the ideal of his cinema as in the finale of “July Rain”, in which the world really exists simultaneously in many levels, many time planes, intersecting in the most complex sound-viewing score, colliding and diverging again in the most unexpected configurations and polygons ... It is about this, about the unexpected ambiguity of the world, about the bottomlessness of history that these tense, mistrustful, prickly glances are exchanged between veterans who cry for the first time here, at the Bolshoi, in public, after a whole twenty years historical unconsciousness, and young, already beaten by school and family, already leaving in the seventies ... Khutsiev gives each of them for a moment his unblinking, alien to illusion, non-romantic and non-sentimental look, and each of them discovers another, discovers an era , history, future ... ”.

Selected in the following festivals :
- Moscow International Festival of Archival Films, Moscow (Russia), 2021
- Les Rencontres cinématographiques de Cannes, Cannes (France), 2020
- Rétrospective Marlen Khoutsiev à la Cinémathèque française, Paris (France), 2017
- Russian film festival in Paris, Paris (France), 2017
- Russian Film Festival in Niort, Niort (France), 2016
- Festival of Central and Eastern Film , Wiesbaden (Germany), 2015
- Film Festival Locarno, Locarno (Switzerland), 2015
- Saint Petersburg International Cine-Forum, St Petersburg (Russia), 2011
- Moscow, St-Petersburg : two faces of Russia, Paris (France), 2010
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2009
- Festival Russian kino 'Moscow Premier Screenings', Moscow (Russia), 2008
- Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 2008
- FEMA / La Rochelle International Film Festival, La Rochelle (France), 2003
- Gels et dégels, une autre histoire du cinéma soviétique (1926-1968), Paris (France), 2002
- Film Festival Locarno, Locarno (Switzerland), 2000


Source :

Film avec sous-titres français