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RFF - A Frenchman (Француз)

RFF - A Frenchman (Француз) UNCL 15+

This film tells the story of Pierre Durand, a young French communist who comes to Moscow in 1957 on academic exchange. It begins at a Seine-side café where Pierre and his two comrades discuss Marxism, the Soviet Union and the Algerian war while furiously returning a corked bottle of wine. Pierre is enrolling at Moscow State University under the guise of researching the Russian ballet. However his real purpose is to discover the fate of his father, a member of the old Russian aristocracy. This film is directed by Andrei Smirnov, a renowned Soviet director who quit directing in the 70s in protest against Soviet authorities. He returned to directing in 2011 in pursuit of making powerful cinematic statements – the kind of public intellectual we likely need these days more than ever.
Release Date:

18/11/2020

Running Time:

128 mins

Director

Andrei Smirnov

Cast:

Antoine Rival, Evgeniya Obraztsova, Alexander Baluev, Mikhail Efremov, Roman Madyanov

Director

Andrei Smirnov

Cast:

Antoine Rival, Evgeniya Obraztsova, Alexander Baluev, Mikhail Efremov, Roman Madyanov

Synopsis

This film tells the story of Pierre Durand, a young French communist who comes to Moscow in 1957 on academic exchange. It begins at a Seine-side café where Pierre and his two comrades discuss Marxism, the Soviet Union and the Algerian war while furiously returning a corked bottle of wine. Pierre is enrolling at Moscow State University under the guise of researching the Russian ballet. However his real purpose is to discover the fate of his father, a member of the old Russian aristocracy. This film is directed by Andrei Smirnov, a renowned Soviet director who quit directing in the 70s in protest against Soviet authorities. He returned to directing in 2011 in pursuit of making powerful cinematic statements – the kind of public intellectual we likely need these days more than ever.

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