Yuri NORSTEIN
Юрий НОРШТЕЙН
Youri NORSTEIN
USSR, 1979, 29mn 
Colour, animation
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 Tale of Tales

 Le Conte des contes

 
Directed by : Yuri NORSTEIN (Юрий НОРШТЕЙН)
Writing credits : Yuri NORSTEIN (Юрий НОРШТЕЙН), Lyudmila PETRUSHEVSKAYA (Людмила ПЕТРУШЕВСКАЯ)
 
Cast
Aleksandr KALYAGIN (Александр КАЛЯГИН) ...Voix du petit loup
 
Cinematography : Igor SKIDAN-BOSIN (Игорь СКИДАН-БОСИН)
Production design : Francheska YARBUSOVA (Франческа ЯРБУСОВА)
Music : Mikhail MEEROVICH (Михаил МЕЕРОВИЧ)
Sound : Boris FILCHIKOV (Борис ФИЛЬЧИКОВ)
Companies : Soyuzmultfilm
 

Awards :
Grand Prix au Festival international du cinéma à Lille (France), 1980
Prix de la critique internationale (FIPRESSI), 1980
1er Prix du Festival international du cinéma à Ottawa (Canada), 1980

Plot synopsis
Tale of Tales, like Tarkovsky's Mirror, attempts to structure itself like a human memory. Memories are not recalled in neat chronological order; instead, they are recalled by the association of one thing with another, which means that any attempt to put memory on film cannot be told like a conventional narrative. The film is thus made up of a series of related sequences whose scenes are interspersed between each other. One of the primary themes involves war, with particular emphasis on the enormous losses the Soviet Union suffered on the Eastern Front during World War II. Several recurring characters and their interactions make up a large part of the film, such as the poet, the little girl and the bull, the little boy and the crows, the dancers and the soldiers, and especially the little grey wolf (Russian: се́ренький волчо́к, syeryenkiy volchok). Another symbol connecting nearly all of these different themes are green apples (which may symbolize life, hope, or potential).
Yuriy Norshteyn wrote in Iskusstvo Kino magazine that the film is "about simple concepts that give you the strength to live."[2]
Source : http://en.wikipedia.org
 

commentaries
RUSSIA BEYOND : Dix films d'animation russes à découvrir absolument, Richard WESS, RUSSIA BEYOND, 2020
Youri Norstein: «Je ne suis pas en accord avec mon époque», Alexandra BAZDENKOVA, Interview, RUSSIA BEYOND, 2017
Les six films d’animation les plus connus des studios Soyouzmoultfilm, Maria TERECHTCHENKO, RUSSIA BEYOND, 2016
Yuri Norstein And Tale of Tales: An Animator's Journey, Clare KITSON, Indiana University Press, 2005
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- L'Etrange Festival, Paris (France), 2017
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2016
- Russian film festival in Paris, Paris (France), 2015
- Kawamoto - Norstein : Le marionnettiste et le peintre-animateur au Forum des Images, Paris (France), 2012
- Festival Russian kino 'Moscow Premier Screenings', Moscow (Russia), 2011
- Les Maîtres de l'animation russe à Saint Seurin sur l'Isle, Saint Seurin sur l'Isle (France), 2010
- Rуtrospective Pavel Lungin at the Cinémathèque de Nice, Nice (France), 2010
- Week end de cinéma russe au Bono, Le Bono (France), 2010
- International Film Festival "Ciné Junior", Val de Marne (France), 2010
- Europe around Europe, Paris (France), 2009
- Festival of Central and Eastern Film , Wiesbaden (Germany), 2009
- Berlin International Film Festival : Berlinale, Berlin (Germany), 2009
- Great Cartoon Festival, Moscow (Russia), 2009
- Festival Russian kino 'Moscow Premier Screenings', Moscow (Russia), 2008
- Tokyo International Film Festival : TIFF, Tokyo (Japan), 2000

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