The hero of the film is small boy Sanya (played by seven-year-old Misha Philipchuk), and we see the thief Tolyan through his eyes. Tolyan is the first man who comes into the life of Sanya's family, because Sanya, like many other postwar children, has never seen his father. The boy is both afraid of and attracted to Tolyan's aura of power and authority: Tolyan is rough with Sanya's mother, rigid with Sanya, but he can protect them and take care of any problem. And as the embodiment of any power and authority figure, the boy loves and hates Tolyan at the same time. This inner conflict becomes Sanya's central drama which will haunt him all his life.
I made the film about the childhood of the generation which influences upon the country's current life. For me it was important to comprehend and explain how and why the post-war generation has grown up as it has, and not in another way. And it seems to me I man-aged to do that ...
I confess to you every time I watch the film rushes, I worry about my heroes, and I really hope that the viewers will not be indifferent to them and their fates, either.
He graduated from VGIK (All-Union State Institute of Cinematography): in 1971 - from the cameraman's department, and in 1974 - from the director's department
He began his film career as a cameraman assistant, a director of photography, then a feature film director. Wrote a number of scripts including WHO WILL PAY FOR THE FORTUNE (directed by Konstantin Khudyakov) and TANGO-BILLIARD (directed by Georgy Shengelia).
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Pavel Chukhrai
Written by: Pavel Chukhrai
Produced by: Igor Tolstunov
Cinematography: Vladimir Klimov
Editing: Natalia Kucherenko, Marina Dobryanskaya
Production Design: Viktor Petrov
Costume Design: Natalia Moneva
Make-Up & Hair: Nina Kolodkina
Original Score: Vladimir Dashkevich
Sound: Yulia Egorova
Main Cast: Vladimir Mashkov (Tolyan), Ekatarina Rednlkova (Katya), Mlsha Phillpchuk (Sanya)
Nominations and Awards
- European Film 1997