Sofia Kovalevskaya (film)
|Directed by||Ayan Shakhmaliyeva|
|Written by||Boris Dobrodeyev|
|Music by||Isaak Shvarts|
|Distributed by||Gosteleradio, USSR.|
Epic film in four episodes, based on a true story of mathematician scientist Sofia Kovalevskaya. She was a Russian pioneer for women in Tzarist Russia. She was the first woman in the country to become a Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. It seemed that the whole world was against her accomplishing this feat. In spite of all the obstacles she later got a Ph. D. in mathematics. However she was denied a professorship at any Russian University because of her gender. She had to go to Western Europe for continuation of her career and studies. She had a daughter and family life. Sofya Kovalevskaya was eventually recognized in Russia. Leading scientists, like Academician Ivan Sechenov, took part in her education and career.
Film was produced by Gosteleradio state production company of the Soviet Union with the production crew of Ekran Studios, Moscow., Filming dates were in 1984 and 1985. Post-production was completed by Ekran studios, and at postproduction facilities of Lenfilm studios in St. Petersburg in the spring of 1985.
Most scenes were filmed in St. Peterburg, Russia, where Sofia Kovalevskaya started her career in science. Some scenes of Western European cities were filmed in Baltic states. Scenes of Sofia Kovalevskaya as a student were filmed at St. Petersburg University.
- Elena Safonova as Sofya Kovalevskaya
- Aristarkh Livanov
- Natalya Sayko
- Algimantas Masyulis
- Lembit Ulfsak
- Aleksandr Filippenko as Dostoyevsky
- Yelena Arzhanik
- Yelena Solovey
- Yury Solomin
- Petr Shelokhonov as Academician Ivan Sechenov
- Vladimir Letenkov
- Stanislav Landgraf
- Vida-Vaiva Maynelite
- Yelena Arzhanik
- Nikolai Kryukov
Comments and connections
- This was the first leading role for actress Elena Safonova before she became an international film star.
- Premiered on the National TV of the Soviet Union in April 1985.