Dinara Asanova

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Dinara Asanova
Native name Динара Асанова
Born (1942-11-24)24 November 1942
Frunze, Kirgiz Republic, Soviet Union (now Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)
Died 4 April 1985(1985-04-04) (aged 42)
Murmansk, Soviet Union
Occupation Film director
Years active 1969-1984

Dinara Asanova (Russian: Динара Кулдашевна Асанова) (24 November 1942 – 4 April 1985) was a Kyrgyzstani-Soviet film director. She graduated high school in 1959 and began to work for Kyrgyzfilm from 1960-1962. She studied at VGIK and graduated in 1968. During her time there, she worked on Larisa Shepitko's 1963 film Heat.[1]

She directed ten films between 1969 and 1984. Her first film, Rudolfio, was directed in 1970.[2] She joined the Lenfilm studio in 1974. Her films were popular in the Soviet Union, they focused on such themes as social problems, social conditions[3] and the tension between adolescents and adults.[4] Asanova never had problems with the censors despite the fact that her films featured such themes.[3]

Asanova's film Dear, Dearest, Beloved, Unique... was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival.[5]

Although Asanova was Kyrgyzstani, it is noted by author Anna Lawton that "Her ethnic background is not apparent in her films, as she was able to assimilate the mood and her habits of her adoptive Russian city."[4]



  1. ^ "Динара Асанова". Getmovies.ru. X-Media Digital. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Audrey Foster, Gwendolyn (1995). Women film directors : an international bio-critical dictionary. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. ISBN 9780313289729. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Kuhn, Annette; Radstone, Susannah (1994). The Women's Companion to International Film (1st ed.). University of California Press. pp. 24–25. ISBN 978-0520088795. 
  4. ^ a b Lawton, Anna (1992). Kinoglasnost : Soviet cinema in our time. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press. p. 23. ISBN 9780521381178. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Dear, Dearest, Beloved, Unique...". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 1 July 2009. 

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