By the end of the 1970s, Andrei Smirnov had had enough. One of the best and brightest auteurs to emerge from the Soviet 1960s couldn't stand constant harassment from the authorities anymore, and quit cinema for good. At least as a director; he stuck around as a screenwriter and actor. But then, after 32 years, he returned with Žila-byla odna baba (2011). Now A Frenchman suggests he's back to stay, and will continue directing.

A Frenchman, the story of a French exchange student's adventures in late 1950s Moscow, makes us painfully aware what a formidable cinematic mind and soul Smirnov has: discrete, educated, good-humoured, politically poignant while never dogmatic – the kind of public intellectual we perhaps need these days more than ever. Watching this film is like looking at a lost world, in more ways than one.

Screenings

  • Thu 23 Jan LantarenVenster 3
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  • Fri 24 Jan de Doelen Jurriaanse Zaal
    With Q&A
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  • Sat 25 Jan Pathé 7
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  • Sun 26 Jan LantarenVenster 4
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Original title
Frantsuz
Filmmaker
Andrei Smirnov
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Russia
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
128’
Language
Russian
Producer
Andrei Smirnov, Elena Smirnova
Production Company
Marmot Film
Sales
All Media Company
Writer
Andrei Smirnov
Cinematography
Yury Shaygardanov
Editor
Alla Urazbaeva
Production Design
Vladimir Gudilin
Sound Design
Oleg Tatarinov
Cast
Antoine Rival, Evgeniya Obraztsova, Evgeniy Tkachuk, Alexander Baluev