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Malchik i devochka 

Μυθοπλασία / Fiction, Πρώην Σοβιετική Ένωση / URSS, 1966, 70′ DCP, Έγχρ. / Color, Mε ήχο / Sound Ρωσικά / Russian

Σκηνοθεσία / Direction Yuliy Fayt Σενάριο / Screenplay Vera Panova Φωτογραφία / Cinematography Vladimir Cumak Μουσική / Music Boris Chaikovsky Ηθοποιοί / Cast Natalija Bogunova Nikolaj Burljaev, Antonina Bendova Tamara Konovalova, Pavel Kormunin Valentina Cemberg, Ljudmila Sagalova, Evgenija Uvarova Παραγωγή / Production Lenfilm Προέλευση ταινίας / Film Source Gosfilmofond

Malchik i devocka is not a love story. It rather is an existential drama. The vibrant eccentric colours of the opening scenes literally fade by the middle of the picture, only to be resurrected in the finale in a new quality. All that must have irritated the censors. So the film was mostly criticized for immorality. The Minister of Film insisted on cutting out a completely innocent shot of two lovers peacefully sleeping in the grass. Malchik i devocka was not one of the scandalously banned films. A banned film instantly became famous, so the authorities came up with a much more refined way of sending a film into oblivion. If a film was assigned to the second or third category, it meant that no more than a couple dozen prints would be made for the whole Soviet Union. Not only was it placed in the lowest category, but Fajt was forbidden from making fiction films and blacklisted from travelling abroad.

Peter Bagrov

The 9th Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival is carried out in the context of “Cinephilia in the New Age II” which is funded by the European Union — European Regional Development Fund (Operational Programme ROP ATTIKI of NSRF 2014-2020). All actions are carried out under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.