Like Fellini’s Amarcord, whose title it recalls, I Remember You is an autobiographical meditation on the past. Its story is simple: the protagonist, at the request of his seriously ill mother, leaves Samarkand and heads on a voyage across Russia in search of the grave of his father, who died during the war. This poetic odyssey, which also proves to be a journey into subconscious memory, is rendered in images of extraordinary intensity and beauty. The beautiful Gulya Tashbayeva, the director’s wife and principal performer in several of his films, gives a haunting performance. —seagullfilms.com
Ali Irgashaliyevich Khamraev (Russian: Али Иргашалиевич (Эргашевич) Хамраев; born Tashkent, 19 May 1937) is an Uzbek director who is best known in the former Soviet Union for his work in the 1970s.
Ali Khamrayev is a film director from the same generation with Andrey Tarkovsky, Sergey Paradzhanov, Otar Ioseliani. They all are prominent artists of the Soviet cinema of the so-called warming period [of the 1960s, known for liberal governmental policies that resulted in a spurt in the arts]. This generation manifested the values of the intellectual auteur cinema. Today, Ali Khamrayev continues to work in the area of grand concepts and universal values.
Ali Khamrayev was born May 19th of 1937. In 1961, he graduated from VGIK, the workshop of Gregory Roshal. In 1969, he was honored for outstanding achievements in the arts by the government of Uzbekistan. Ali Khamrayev’s film The Seventh Bullet was seen by 22.5 million viewers – an unheard of audience for Central Asian movies… read more