A Long and Happy Life (Dolgaya schastlivaya zhizn)

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Showings

Sequoia 1 Mon, Oct 7, 2013 4:00 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Country:Russia
Year:2013
Running Time:77
Language:Russian
Director:Boris Khlebnikov
Producer:Roman Borisevich
Alexander Kushaev
Alexander Rodionov
Screenwriter:Boris Khlebnikov
Alexander Rodionov
Cinematographer:Pavel Kostomarov
Editor:Ivan Lebedev
Cast:Alexander Yatsenko
Anna Kotova
Vladimir Korobeinikov

Description

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US Premiere

In Russian with English subtitles. Idealistic young Sasha has come from the city to run a farm with hopes of enjoying a thriving country existence. Sasha dedicatedly manages what is left of an old farm. He gets on well with his workers, who respect him and tolerate his clandestine love affair with Anya, the secretary in the local government office. The provincial arm of the new Russian state meanwhile presses the middle-class landowner to sell his collective farm for what appears to be its own corrupt development plans. Against the backdrop of the wild Kola Peninsula in Northern Russia, an unflinchingly decent man refuses to surrender to a quagmire of greed, risking everything that is dear to him in this existential human drama reflecting real events. Premiering in competition at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, A Long and Happy Life examines the conflict that emerges between the dream of a “long and happy life” and the dream of freedom and the right to choose.

—Janis Plotkin

Additional Information

Boris Khlebnikov studied biology at Moscow State Pedagogical Institute for two years before beginning his study of film at Moscow State Film Institute (VGIK). At VGIK he made a 20-minute short film “Passing By” with Aleksey Popogrebsky. He went on to make “Clever Frog” (short). His debut as a director of a full length feature film was Koktebel (together with Aleksey Popogrebsky).