Utomlennye solntsem



A long summer day in 1936. When Dimitri arrives at Maroussia's home, the young woman hasn't seen him for ten years. In the meantime, she has married Serguei Kotov, and they have a daughter, Nadia. Dimitri now works for Stalin's political police. But why does he suddenly reappear like a fireball on this blazing summer day?

Director's Statement

BURNT BY THE SUN doesn't want to judge an era, but wants to make its tragic dimension felt. It also tells that the perpetual charm of Existence lingers, even in these bloody times, with its passions, its loves. We can't and we don't have the right to ignore the history of our country ! Even though it's difficult to recognize that it's about us, about our past. The film's heroes are not seen through the revolutionary prism of class struggles, but they're at the core of a tragedy, of which they are the authors and actors at the same time. That's what give the film its unity. Repentance is a duty for all those who have lived in this era and who are still alive today. Without Repentance there will be no peace or rest in Russia. Personally, I think that all the governments since 1917 have been illegitimate, because they have achieved power by means of blood and violence. Our film is dedicated to the victims, to all those who were burnt by the sun.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Nikita Mikhalkov

Written by: Nikita Mikhalkov

Produced by: Leonid Veretchaguine

Cast: Ingeborga Dapkounaite (Marusya), Nikita Mikhalkov (Sergei), Viatcheslav Tikhonov (Vsevolod Konstantinovich), Svetlana Krioutchkova (Mokhova), Oleg Menchikov (Dmitriy)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 1994