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Aleksiej German Jr.
Russia, Poland, Serbia 2018 / 126’
Disobedience Grass

Unlike his friend Joseph Brodsky, Sergei Dovlatov gained worldwide fame posthumously: in Poland, his work wasn't published until the 1990s. Aleksey German's film focuses on just a few days in the writer's life in the 1970s, during which everything is noted: his talent, his good looks (played by Serbian actor Serge Marić) and his perverse sense of humor; his individualism and gregariousness; and his on-again-off-again relationship with his wife (Helena Sujecka), as well as his other affairs. Above all, his confrontation with Soviet propaganda and literary censorship made it practically impossible for Dovlatov to publish. And he wasn't the only one: the film, which meticulously reproduces the aura of Leningrad's art scene in the 1970s, uses the fate of an entire generation as a metaphor. Conjuring up this magical land, German makes sure that it is both beautiful and mundane, fairy-tale-like and yet palpable. This is to a great extent due to Łukasz Żal'sincredible cinematography (IdaCold War) and the production and costume design by Elena Okopnaya (Silver Bear winner at this year's Berlinale).

Adam Kruk


Berlin IFF 2018 - Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution (Elena Okopnaya)

Aleksiej German Jr.

Born in 1970, Aleksey German Jr. is a film director, as well as the son and artistic heir to one of the masters of Russian cinema, Aleksey German. Following the death of his father, he completed his masterpiece Hard to Be a God (2013), which was shown at New Horizons. His film credits include Paper Soldier and Under Electric Clouds, both of which have been screened in Wrocław. His wife, Elena Okopnaya, the production and costume designer for his films, was an award winner at the last Berlinale for her work on Dovlatov.

Selected filmography

2003 Ostatni pociąg / Posledniy poezd / The Last Train

2005 Garpastum

2008 Papierowy żołnierz / Bumazhnyy soldat / Paper Soldier

2015 Pod elektrycznymi chmurami / Pod elektricheskimi oblakami / Under Electric Clouds

2018 Dowłatow / Dovlatov

Cast & Crew

director Aleksiej German Jr.
screenplay Aleksiej German Jr., Julia Tupikina
cinematography Łukasz Żal
editing Siergiej Iwanow, Daria Gladyszewa
cast Milan Marić, Danila Kozłowski, Helena Sujecka, Piotr Gąsowski, Swietłana Chodczenkowa
producer Andriej Saweliew, Artem Wasiliew, Konstantin Ernst, Violetta Kamińska, Dariusz Jabłoński, Izabela Wójcik
production Saga Film, Message Film, Art&Popcorn, Lenfilm
sales Opus Film
language Russian
colouration colour