In this unusual, original and surprisingly lyrical biopic, Russian poet Joseph Brodsky (Grigoriy Dityatkovskiy) is forced into permanent exile in the U.S. in the early 1970s, but — in a flight of filmmaking fancy — secretly returns to his beloved homeland. In real life, Brodsky never saw mother Russia again, but did once say that if he were to return, he would do so anonymously. Through the power of cinema, Brodsky finally gets his chance.
Andrey Khrzhanovsky (b. 1939, Moscow) studied film direction at VGIK (1962) and then worked for the Sojuzmultfilm studio; he has been teaching animation at the Higher Courses of Script Writers and Directors since 1982. After his debut Once upon a Time There Lived Kozyavin (1966) he became established as an important film animator whose work reflects existential issues in the context of cultural phenomena. Other films inspired by the fine arts and literature: A Glass Concertina (1968), In the World of Fables (1973), I Fly to You as a Remembrance (1977), And I Am with You Again (1980) and The Return (1990). He garnered the greatest number of awards at home and abroad for the film Lion with a Grey Beard (Lev s sedoy borodoy, 1995). His series of films about people, events and art includes Room and a Half about the life of the poet Joseph Brodsky —KVIFF
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