Farewell (1983 film)
|Farewell (Russian: Прощание), Proshchanie)|
|Directed by||Elem Klimov|
|Written by||German Klimov,
|Music by||Vyacheslav Artyomov,
|Edited by||Valeriya Belova|
|Running time||112 minutes|
The existence of the village of Matyora, located on a small island of the same name, is threatened with flooding by the construction of a dam to serve a hydroelectric power plant. The villagers oppose their displacement and the loss of their traditions, but are eventually forced to bid farewell to their homeland.
While scouting locations in June 1979 for her planned adaptation of the ecological fable, original director Larisa Shepitko was killed in a car accident along with four members of her shooting team. After a delay the project was finally completed in 1981 by her widower Elem Klimov and although shelved for a further two years, was eventually given a limited release in the Soviet Union in 1983. Originally chosen to open the 1984 Berlin Film Festival, it was initially refused an export licence until three years later when it was screened in Berlin.
- Proshchanie at the Internet Movie Database
- Farewell at AllMovie
- Article on Proshchanie at Film Reference
- Part 1 on Mosfilm's Youtube channel
- Part 2 on Mosfilm's Youtube channel
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