Title: The Lonely Voice of Man AKA: Одинокий голос человека Year: 1989 Release date(s): 1978, 1987 Original title: Odinokiy golos cheloveka Runtime: 1 hour, 22 minutes Country: Soviet Union Language: Russian Subtitles: English (.srt) Genre: Drama
Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Cast Vladimir Degtyarev Vladimir Gladyshev Tatyana Goryacheva Andrei Gradov ... Nikita Nikolai Kochegarov Ivan Neganov Sergey Shukailo Yevgeniya Volkova Lyudmila Yakovleva Viktoriya Yurizditskaya Irina Zhuravleva
Plot / Synopsis
Film The Lonely Voice of Man is the first full–length feature film of Alexander Sokurov, made in 1978 and remastered in 1987 at the studio Lenfilm with the assistance of the Union of Filmmakers.
The story is based on the themes of Andrey Platonov's works River Potudan' and The Origin of a Master. The story of the painful rebirth of young Nikita who bears in his heart all the pain of the civil war, his truly human love for Lyuba, the difficult path of two young, deeply moral and very lonely people to each other… Far from being a screen version in traditional sense of the word, the film restores the spiritual nature of Platonov's prose.
All the actors in the film were amateurs, and a combination of this along with the sulky provincial landscapes created a sense of realism coupled with artistry that made the feature stand out. Here Sokurov already began to approach his main theme - the tragic separation between the body and the soul. In his diary, Sokurov noted that in Platonov, he saw the "story of a 'weak heart', for which happiness was 'hard work'." Love and ongoing life are eternal, but unachievable, dreams for the characters.
"Odinokiy golos cheloveka" is poetic, beautiful film, but its beauty came from the deepest faith of Russian people. They believed in Artistic Creation as the Service to God. But the author and the screenwriter did so almost subconsciously. The results was this legendary film, which for about 10 years had been secretly screened in apartment room or other hidden places before 1986. I can't imagine other land or time, which could give birth to such an isolated film, with such a simple story and such a naive, trembling sensitivity of youth,coupled with such a mystic expression of religious feelings. This is actually one of these rare cases of cinema history, when young directors reached the maturity of Master by providential force. It must be screened and seen again and again,not only for audience, even for Sokurov himself, so that he would remember what had happened to him when he was 26 to 27.
Originally intended by Sokurov as his diploma defense at the VGIK, The Lonely Voice of Man was banned in the USSR until the glasnost. Upon release in 1987 it was immediately critically acclaimed and nominated for a number of awards. Most notably the film won the Bronzen Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival.
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