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Rita’s Last Fairy Tale

Renata Litvinova
Poslednyaya skazka Rity
Russia 2012 / 100’

Renata Litvinova’s story on feeling and death continues… These two motifs, tormenting the director since at least The Goddess: How I Fell in Love (2004), receive a fairy tale setting in Rita’s Last Fairy Tale. It’s a gloomy tale, where fate comes calling often. The film’s main axis is a tragic love full of perturbations, a love impossible or absent, suspending three women between the world of fantasy and contemporary Russia – a country portrayed like the Russia ill-disposed toward the existence of the ‘good’ in Alexey Balabanov’s bitter films. Rita, Nadya and Tanya seek a way out of a strangely surreal hospital. Is this a literal or metaphorical hospital? They will have to find out on their own.

Urszula Lipińska


Moscow IFF 2012 – Kommersant Weekend Prize

Renata Litvinova

Renata Litvinova was born in 1967 and studied at VGIK, the Moscow Institute of Cinematography. She began working as an actress, moved on to being a director, screenwriter and producer. In one of her most popular roles is in Kira Muratova’s Passions (1994), for which she received an award for best debut at Kinotavr, the Sochi film festival. Having achieved success, she continued her collaboration with Muratova on Three Stories (1997), The Tuner (2004), Two in One (2007) and Melody for a Street Organ (2009).


2002 Net smerti dlya menya / There Is No Death For Me (short)

2004 Boginya: kak ya polyubila / The Goddess: How I Fell In Love

2007 Zemfira

2008 Zelyonyy teatr v Zemfire / Green Theater in Zemfira (doc.)

2012 Ostatnia bajka Rity / Poslednyaya skazka Rity / Rita’s Last Fairy Tale

Prepared by: Urszula Lipińska

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Cast & Crew

director Renata Litvinova
screenplay Renata Litvinova
cinematography Anastassiya Zhukova
editing Oleg Karneev
music Zemfira Ramazanova
cast Olga Kuzina, Renata Litvinova, Tatyana Drubich, Nikolaiy Khomeriki, Mitya Borisov, Alisa Khazanova
producer Renata Litvinova
production Studio Zapredelya
sales Intercinema
language Russian
colouration colour