Mournful Unconcern

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Mournful Unconcern
Directed byAlexander Sokurov
Written byYuri Arabov
StarringRamaz Chkhikvadze
Alla Osipenko
Vladimir Zamanskiy
Tatyana Yegorova
Viktoria Amitova
Irina Sokolova
Dmitriy Bryantsev
Vadim Zhuk
Ilya Rivin
Andrei Reshetin
Vladimir Dmitriev
Music byVladimir Persov
CinematographySergei Yurizditsky
Edited byLeda Semyonova
Distributed byLenfilm
Release date
  • 1987 (1987)
Running time
110 minutes
CountrySoviet Union

Mournful Unconcern (Russian: Скорбное бесчувствие, translit. Skorbnoye beschuvstviye) is the third produced film by Alexander Sokurov, completed in 1983, but the fourth released one, as it was banned by Soviet authorities until perestroika in 1987. The film, set during World War I, is inspired by Bernard Shaw's play Heartbreak House. Professional actors (Zamansky, Osipenko, Sokolova and others) were used alongside amateur actors, like in most early Sokurov films, and many of the trademarks of his cinematographic style were already apparent.


The film sparked controversy and was halted by the Soviet film authorities by cutting state subsidy for the film's budget during the production process, so it took time to find money and complete the film. It was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 37th Berlin International Film Festival in 1987.[1]



  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1987 Prize Winners". Retrieved 2011-03-01.

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