Emil Loteanu

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Emil Loteanu
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Emil Loteanu, Soviet-era Moldovan filmmaker
Born Emil Vladimirovich Loteanu
(1936-11-06)November 6, 1936
Clocuşna, Bessarabia, Romania
Died 18 March 2003(2003-03-18) (aged 66)
Moscow, Moscow Oblast, Russia
Resting place Vagankovo Cemetery, Moscow
Occupation Director, screenwriter, poet
Years active 1959–1997
Notable work Gypsies Are Found Near Heaven (1975)
Spouse(s) Galina Belyayeva

Emil Loteanu (November 6, 1936 – April 18, 2003) was a Soviet film director born in Clocuşna, Moldova (then Romania). He moved to Moscow in his early life. His best known films are Lăutarii, Gypsies Are Found Near Heaven, A Hunting Accident and Anna Pavlova.

Life and career[edit]

2004 Moldovan stamp
1995 Moldovan stamp

Emil Vladimirovich Loteanu was born on November 6, 1936 in the Bessarabian village Clocuşna (now Ocniţa District Moldova). The Loteanu ancestry has Ukrainian origin, the original name was Lototskii.

His paternal ancestors were from Bukovina. After the annexation of Bessarabia to the Soviet Union, they moved to Bucharest. After the death of his father and losing contact with his mother, who had moved to Romania, he lived his early life on the streets, sleeping in warehouses and hostels. Between 1953 and 1955, he studied at the actor's faculty of the Moscow Art Theatre. In 1962, he graduated from VGIK (workshop of Grigori Roshal and Y. Genik).

Between 1952 and 1954, he worked as an actor at the Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre. From 1962 to 1973 he worked as a director at the studio Moldova-Film where he made his narrative feature film debut with the heroic and revolutionary film Wait for us at dawn (1963). In 1966, Emil Loteanu directed a motion picture about the Moldavian shepherds titled Red Meadows. He was a member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union since the year 1968. In his cinematic poem Lăutarii (1971) the director depicted the life of folk musicians. The film's music was scored by Eugene Doga and was the beginning for their long collaboration. The film won the Silver Shell at the San Sebastián International Film Festival.[1]

Since 1973 Loteanu worked at the studio Mosfilm. Film adaptations of Maxim Gorky's "Gypsies Are Found Near Heaven" and Anton Chekhov's "A Hunting Accident", and the biographical film Anna Pavlova, dedicated to the life of the great Russian ballerina, brought him great popularity. In 1976 the film Gypsies Are Found Near Heaven won the Grand Prix – the "Golden Shell" – at the International Film Festival in San Sebastian.[2] A waltz by Eugene Doga from the 1978 film A Hunting Accident became world-famous.

One of the producers of his 1983 film Anna Pavlova was Michael Powell. The film was a co-production between Britain and the Soviet Union and featured American director Martin Scorsese in a cameo role.[3]

In 1979, Emil Loteanu married actress Galina Belyayeva who starred in his films A Hunting Accident and Anna Pavlova. Their marriage was a stormy one and lasted five years. They had one child.

In the late 1980s, he returned to "Moldova-Film" and worked on Moldovan television, where he made a film adaption of Mihai Eminescu's poem Luceafărul. Between 1987 and 1992, he was President of the Union of Cinematographers of Moldova. He taught courses for theater actors at the Chisinau Institute of Arts.

In 1998, he staged the play Unconditionally Yours, Antosha Chekhonte based on Chekhov's "The Bear" and "Wedding" at the Moscow Art Theatre named after M. Gorky. He is an author of several collections of poems and short stories, scripts of his films. He is also an author of poetry for the film The Eighth Wonder of the World (1981).

For twelve years he was trying to get funding to make films. When Loteanu at long last got financing for his film project Yar he died, leaving the project unfinished. He died from cancer on April 18, 2003, in Moscow, at the age of 66. Galina Belaeva and his doctors hid the diagnosis from him. He was buried at the Vagankovsky cemetery in Moscow.[4][5]

Director Emil Loteanu while working on the film Lautarii, Moldova-film.


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