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Andrey Konchalovsky received a special prize from the jury of the Venice Film Festival for “Dear Comrades”

11:28, 09/13/2020

The director's new film is dedicated to the execution of workers in Novocherkassk in 1962.

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In early September, Andrei Konchalovsky, together with his wife Yulia Vysotskaya, went to Italy, where the 77th Venice Film Festival was held yesterday. As you know, this year the director presented his new film "Dear Comrades" to the jury, which shows the story of the execution of workers in Novocherkassk in 1962.

The plot of the black and white tape by Konchalovsky tells about the dispersal of a peaceful demonstration. I must say that the interest in this picture is also due to the fact that all information about these events has been classified for a long time. Several decades passed before someone could find out the details of the shooting of peaceful demonstrators in Novocherkassk. According to official figures, the workers' strike led to a bloody denouement: 26 people were killed and another 87 were injured.

Trailer of the film "Dear Comrades!"

It should be noted that Andrei Konchalovsky doubted the success of Dear Comrades. Despite this, at the Venice Film Festival, the director's new tape was highly appreciated, and Andrei Sergeevich was awarded a special prize. This was announced on Saturday by an international jury led by actress Cate Blanchett. “To be honest, I didn’t expect this picture to be in the competition at all at this festival. But what they took to the festival and the fact that the film received recognition is, of course, very important, ”Konchalovsky said on the air of the Russia 24 TV channel.

The director thought that a foreign viewer would be able to understand the film about such a tragic story that happened in the Soviet Union. “This is such a specific picture about Soviet people, about Stalin, about Stalinism. I don’t think they could understand anything at all, ”Andrei Sergeevich shared his opinion. We add that having received the award, Konchalovsky thanked his wife Yulia Vysotskaya from the stage, who played the main role in the film "Dear Comrades". The director also expressed his gratitude to Alisher Usmanov, whom he called a friend and producer.

Julia Vysotskaya and Andrei Konchalovsky at the 77th Venice Film Festival

Note that for 83-year-old Andrei Konchalovsky, the prize for the film "Dear Comrades" is not the first award at the Venice Film Festival. So, in 2014 he was awarded the "Silver Lion" for the tape "White Nights of Alexei Tryapitsyn", which tells about the life of the Russian province. In 2016, he was awarded the second such prize for the historical drama Paradise. By the way, in the film "Paradise" one of the main roles was played by the director's wife Yulia Vysotskaya. I must say, Konchalovsky often takes his wife in his paintings. It is interesting that the rise of Vysotskaya as an actress took place in 2002 after the release of the film "House of Fools" on the wide screens, for which Andrei Sergeevich received three statuettes at the Venice Film Festival.

Recall that Andrei Konchalovsky and Yulia Vysotskaya met 23 years ago at "Kinotavr". The beginning actress at that time greatly impressed the already eminent director. For the sake of Julia, Andrei Sergeevich left his wife Irina Martynova, and in 1998 they officially registered their relationship. Soon, the actress gave her husband two children - daughter Maria and son Peter. Unfortunately, a tragedy happened in the director's family six years ago. Konchalovsky and Vysotskaya, along with their children, were involved in an accident in France. The daughter of the director and actress suffered the most. As you know, Maria is still in serious condition.

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