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Kira Muratova passes away at age 83

Kira Muratova, one of Eastern Europe’s greatest contemporary filmmakers, sadly passed away at the age of 83 in her hometown Odessa on 6 June 2018. IFFR has always praised the work of Muratova and presented a complete retrospective of her features and shorts back in 2013. We extend our sincerest condolences to her family, friends and admirers.

The Ukrainian artist made her first two films, On the Steep Cliff (1961) and Our Honest Bread (1964), together with her husband Alexander Muratov. These films were in typical Soviet style, but the real, dramatic and unabashed career of Muratova was established in 1967 as she worked on her debut film Brief Encounters (released in 1987). Later came The Asthenic Syndrome (1989), recognised as one of the classics of Late Soviet Cinema, and her last feature film Eternal Homecoming  (2012).

Signals 2013

In 2013 Kira Muratova was honoured at IFFR with the first full retrospective of her work outside Russia and Ukraine

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Throughout her life, Muratova worked as a completely independent artist, creating and recreating her own ideas and ideals of perfection, imperfection, sublimity and decadence. Her work is unique in that she chose to go against the ideological conditions of the Soviet Union and shunned commercial trends. She came up with some of the most startling and avant-garde cinematography of the post-war Soviet era. And it sometimes landed her in trouble with the censors. Dismissed from the Soviet Filmmakers Union, but later discovered by a new generation when Glasnost emerged, her films shown outside the Soviet Union for the first time in 1987 were celebrated as masterpieces.

 

Kira Muratova

More on her life and work in an introduction by Zara Abdullaeva and IFFR programmer Evgeny Gusyatinski here.

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