Lake Kenozero is located in the Arkhangelsk district of northern Russia. There is a small settlement on its shores whose only contact with the outside world is provided by the eponymous postman, Aleksey. His job is certainly not easy, but then no one in the area has it easy. During his trips by motorboat from house to house, he establishes an especially close relationship with a woman named Irina-who he has had a crush on since their school days-and her young son, Timur. Will they get a chance to overcome their loneliness? The director used amateur actors from among the region's inhabitants for most of the roles in The Postman's White Nights. This made it possible to make the film feel as realistic as possible-in the spirit of Flaherty's films. Aleksandr Simonov's moody cinematography (who worked in the past with Aleksey Balabanov) pushes the film in the direction of a poetic ballad. Balanced between a documentary and a fictional feature, The Postman's White Nights brought Konchalovskiy a Silver Bear for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival in 2014.
Venice IFF 2014 - Silver Lion (Best Director), Green Drop Award; Las Palmas FF 2015 - Best Film
Andrey Konchalovskiy is a Russian director, screenwriter, and producer. A would-be pianist, he spent his youth practicing his scales at the prestigious Moscow Conservatory, though that was back in the 1960s. Like his brother, Nikita Mikhalkov, he decided to become a filmmaker instead. During his studies in Mikhail Romm's studio at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography, he met Andrei Tarkovsky, and would later work as a screenwriter on his films The Steamroller and the Violin (1960), Ivan's Childhood (1962), and Andrei Rublev (1966). He made his directorial debut with The First Teacher (1965), an adaptation of a novel by Chinghiz Aitmatov. This marked the beginning of his long flirtation with the Russian classics: he also adapted works by Turgenev (Home of the Gentry) and Chekhov (Uncle Vanya). After making the epic Siberiade (1978), which was very well received in Cannes, he decided to stay in the West, where he worked with Max von Sydow, Glenn Close, Nastassja Kinski, Whoopie Goldberg, and Sylvester Stallone. He returned to Russia in the early 1990s, and the films that he has made there, which are deeply embedded in the local context, have brought him recognition at festivals in Berlin (The Inner Circle), Cannes (Assia and the Hen with the Golden Eggs), and Venice (House of Fools, The Postman's White Nights).
1966 Historia Asi Klaczinej, która kochała, ale za mąż nie wyszła / Istoriya Asi Klyachinoy, kotoraya lyubila, da ne vyshla zamuzh / The Story of Asya Klyachina, Who Loved, But Did Not Marry
1974 Romanca o zakochanych / Romans o vlyublyonnykh / A Lover's Romance
1978 Syberiada / Sibiriada / Siberiade
1985 Uciekający pociąg / Runaway Train
1989 Tango i Cash / Tango & Cash
1994 Kurka Riaba / Kurochka Ryaba / Ryaba My Chicken
2002 Dom wariatów / Dom durakov / House of Fools
2014 Białe noce listonosza Aleksieja Triapicyna / Belye nochi pochtalona Alekseya Tryapitsyna / The Postman's White Nights