UK Premiere: The Long Farewell
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UK Premiere: The Long Farewell

classified 15 S Sold Out

Restored & Rediscovered


Please note: This was screened in July 2023

Kira Muratova
97 mins, Subtitled, 1971, Russia

Kira Muratova’s fragmented, personal, and elliptical style meant that many of her films had limited releases, if at all, in the Soviet Union or beyond in her time. The Long Farewell suffered from such a fate – ready in 1971 but shelved until 1987, when the era of Perestroika allowed her work to finally claim some oxygen.

The film focuses on the story between a single mother and her teenage son. Evgenia (Zinaida Sharko) and Sasha (Oleg Vladimirsky) have a close relationship, but adolescence – as ever – spells dark clouds on the horizon. After a visit to his father’s, Sasha becomes increasingly taciturn, looking to break away from the overprotection of his mother. But this is no generic coming-of-age tale.

Muratova’s kinetic editing and oblique framing creates a film in which the standard push-pull of dramatic tension is diverted elsewhere, providing us with a sharp-edged, biting look at a parental relationship drifting apart.

Restored in 4K by STUDIOCANAL in collaboration with The Criterion Collection at L’Immagine Ritrovata/Éclair Classics.

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