By the Lake

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By the Lake
By the Lake.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Sergei Gerasimov
Written by Sergei Gerasimov
Starring Oleg Zhakov
Vasily Shukshin
Natalya Belokhvostikova
Music by Ilya Kataev
Cinematography Vladimir Rapoport
Vladimir Arkhangelsky
Release date
Running time
184 minutes
Country Soviet Union
Language Russian

By the Lake (Russian: У озера, translit. U ozera) is a two-part 1969 Soviet film directed by Sergei Gerasimov. In 1971 the USSR State Prize for this film was awarded to Sergei Gerasimov, cinematographer Vladimir Rapoport, art director Pyotr Galadzhev, and the group of leading actors: Oleg Zhakov, Vasily Shukshin, Natalya Belokhvostikova.


The film covers the time period of the first half of the 1960s.

On the shore of Lake Baikal begins the construction of a pulp and paper mill. Well-known scientist Professor Barmin and his daughter Lena begin to fight for the preservation of the unique ecosystem of the lake. At the same time Lena Barmina's personal drama is unfolding, who falls in love with the married elderly plant director Vasily Chernykh. The prototype of one of the main characters in the film became the scientist Mikhail Kozhov who was the main expert on the Lake Baikal.


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