Room and a Half

  • 130'
  • Russia
  • 2009
The great Russian film maker Andrey Khrzhanovsky, who has always been interested in Russian and world cultural history, makes an artistic treatment of the greatest Russian poet, Nobel Prize winner Joseph Brodsky and his life in the USSR.
Asked once in an interview if he were ever planning to come back to see his fatherland, Joseph Brodsky said that if he did so, it would be anonymously. For Khrzhanovsky and script writer Yuri Arabov, who presumed that Brodsky actually made the trip, this was the inspiration to make Room and a Half, an ironical fairy tale: the poet travels by ship to the country of his youth, taking the audience along as he crosses not only geographical barriers but barriers of time as well. We are transported back to the 50s and 60s in the USSR and the atmosphere of the country's cultural capital, St. Petersburg. Stylistically, the film is a perfect blend of fiction, historical footage and animation, smoothly intertwined with one another in a highly original manner. The basic facts are all connected with the life of Joseph Brodsky and his milieu. It is a fantastic, unique voyage to the country's past and its genius - delicate, intimate, revealing. (LC)
Director
Andrey Khrzhanovsky
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Russia
Production Year
2009
Festival Edition
IFFR 2009
Length
130'
Medium
35mm
Original title
Poltory komnaty ili sentimentalnoe puteshestvie na rodinu
Language
Russian
Producers
Andrey Khrzhanovsky, Artem Vasilyev
Production Company
School - Studio “SHAR”
Sales
School - Studio “SHAR”
Screenplay
Andrey Khrzhanovsky, Yuri Arabov
Cinematography
Vladimir Brylyakov
Editor
Igor Malachov, Vladimir Grigorenko
Production Design
Marina Azizyan
Sound Design
Pyotr Malafeev, Ekaterina Evans-Popova
Cast
Alisa Freindlich