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“Chagall-Malevich” movie screenings at the Palm Springs International Film Festival


Friday, January 09, 1:00 PM
Palm Springs Regal 9

Sunday, January 11, 2:00 PM
Camelot Theatres

Chagall – Malevich
Shagal – Malevich
Russia, 2014, 120 Minute Running Time
US Premiere
Topics: Art/Architecture/Film, Drama, Jewish Interest
Program: Modern Masters
Language: Russian English Sub-Titles

A story of love and passion, hatred and egotism, and the clash of huge creative personalities, Chagall – Malevich is based on events that occurred around the time of Chagall’s prolific Vitebsk period (1917-20), a period in which he created the People’s Art College and seemed inspired by dreams of a bright and beautiful future. The narrative unfolds against the backdrop of his complicated relationship with his brilliant colleague Kazimir Malevich, one that changes from friendship to hostility. “Chagall and Malevich are two opposite figures both in terms of humanity and regarding attitude to their students,” explains veteran director Mitta. “Chagall takes care of his students. Malevich treats them like soldiers, who have to punch the ideas of abstract art. He perfectly understood who he was, whereas Chagall was an intellectual.” Here, too, is the story of Chagall’s wife Bella and her devotion to her husband ¬– a story further complicated by her former childhood friend and one-time suitor Naum, a bitter man who is now a Soviet Commissar. More than 140 copies of paintings by Chagall and Malevich were made for the film.

Producer and Cast Member will be attending screening(s).

DIRECTOR: Alexander Mitta
Producer: Larisa Schneidermann
Editor: Alla Strelnikova
Screenwriter: Alexander Mitta
Cinematographer: Sergei Machilsky
Music: Alexei Aigi, Oleg Tatarinov
Principal Cast: Leonid Bichevin, Kristii Schneider, Anatoliy Belyy, Semyon Shkalikov
Filmography: Hot Saturday (2002)
Lost in Siberia (1991)
Moscow Mon Amour (1974)
No Fear, No Blame (1962)
My Friend, Kolka! (1961)

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