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Asya's Happiness
Original title:
Istorija Asi Kljačinoj, kotoraja ljubila, da ne vyšla zamuž
Slovenian title:
Asjina sreča
Section:
RETRO: FORBIDDEN WOMEN
Country, year:
Soviet Union, 1966
Length:
99
Directed by:
Andrej Končalovski
Screenplay:
Juri Klepikov
Cinematography:
Georgi Rerberg
Music:
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Subtitles:
English, slovenian
Language:
Russian
Voting code:
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Cast:
Ija Savina (Asja Kljačina), Ljubov Sokolova (Marija), Aleksandr Surin (Stepan), Genadij Jegorčev (Saša Čirkunov), Ivan Petrov, Nikolaj Pogodin (Miša)
Awards:
Berlinale 1988 (FIPRESCI Prize – Honorable Mention), Russian Academy of Cinema Awards 1989 (Best Director, Best Screenplay)

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Sat, 20.11.2021 18:00 Slovenian Cinematheque Buy

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Description:
A tender story of love and female dignity featuring largely non-professional cast, Asya's Happiness was banned by the Soviet authorities for two long decades for its straightforward, unadorned portrayal of life in the Russian countryside.

During harvest time Asya, a beautiful and healthy girl, works at a field camp where she renews acquaintance with Sasha, a driver returned from the city, who announces that he loves her and wants to marry her. The camera captures glimpses of the typical village life in a Soviet rural setting: Mothers look after their children amid the harvest; the men reminisce about the Patriotic War and about the post-war prison camps. Complications to Asya's life start when she discovers she is pregnant by another youth, Stephan. Asya actually loves Stepan although he treats her atrociously. Sasha insists; he wants to marry her even though she is pregnant with another man's child. What will her decision be?

"The representation of the simple life in the story of Asya pierced the audience with its pain, its misery, its frozenness. Since it was not possible in Soviet Russia to be unhappy. It was not permitted. All were happy. But the blood flowed… and the moans did not cease." (Andrei Konchalovsky)