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Oleg and the Rare Arts

Oleg y las raras artes

Directed by Andrés Duque
Spain, 2016
Documentary
  • Russian
  • English

Synopsis

Karavaychuk played the piano for Stalin as a child prodigy and in the course of his career wrote music for more than 200 films, by Paradjanov and Muratova among others. Filmmaker Andrés Duque is the first foreigner to win his trust. Who’s this man who looks as if he stepped out of a story by Gogol?

Our take

The late piano genius Oleg Karavaichuk used to walk around the Hermitage like a ghost, a bit as if he owned the palace. In an attempt to portray his singular brilliance, Venezuela-born, Spain-based Duque has made a tender, otherworldly film about freedom, timelessness, and the fragility of beauty.

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Awards & Festivals

International Film Festival Rotterdam

2016

Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente

2016 | Nominee: Best Film (International Competition)

Cinéma du Réel

2016 | Winner: Original Music Award

2016 | Special Mention: SCAM Award

2016 | Nominee: Cinéma du Réel Award

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