SEA BUCKTHORN SUMMER

Drama, biography | Russia | Victor Alfyorov | 2018 | 134 min. |

OPENING FILM

Writer Alexander Vampilov is not a person, whose life is showed on screen. He has nothing sensational in his life. This fact explains that there are no feature films devoted him. Although several decades performances based on his plays are very popular in Russian theatres. The film story begins in 1967. Alexander Vampilov (played by Andrey Merzlikin) goes alone through cold Moscow. But the capital will be never a native place for him – there is a lot of noise and falsity here, he will not find «his» people in this city. The only thing the main character desires is to be a playwright and be himself. His heart belongs to his small homeland – Siberia, Baikal, Kutulik. For Vampilov is important to tell about interesting and close people, because these places and faces were inspiration for the writer. The film «Sea buckthorn summer» directed by Victor Alfyorov is not an «anniversary» film, devoted 70th anniversary of a Sovjet writer, but the first and only one attempt to show what kind of person was Vampilov and his real destiny. Scriptwriter Olga Pogodina-Kuzmina (screenwriter of films «Two women», «The Hero») refused to follow Alexander’s biography in details. He combines reality and imagination. The base for this film is letters of Vampilov, his wife Olga with Elena Yakushina, who supported Alexander and helped to promote his plays in metropolitan theatres.

Victor Alfyorov

Victor Alfyorov is a film and theatre director, actor. 1999 he graduated from East-Siberian State Academy of Culture and Arts with a degree in «Artistic director of the theatrical collective». 2004 he graduated from directing department of RATI-GITIS. He directed documentary films Dance of the eagle (2014) and Land of happy learning.

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