100 MINUTES – IVAN DENISOVICH
Written by Gleb Panfilov / From the novelOdin den’ Ivana Denisoviča by Aleksandr Solženicyn / Photography Mikhail Khasaya, Mikhail Agranovich / Editing Filipp Yankovskiy, Inna Churikova, Artur Beschastnyy, Stepan Abramov, Denis Karasyov / Starring Filipp Yankovskiy, Inna Churikova, Artur Beschastnyy, Stepan Abramov, Denis Karasyov / Produced by Toni Russia-1 TV con il supporto del Ministero della Cultura russo, Vera Film Company
Russia, 2021 – 104’
V.O. sub. ITA
Cinema De Seta
1941. After having been kept prisoners by the Nazis, Soviet soldiers are ordered a decade of hard work in the Siberian workcamps. Ivan Denisovich is one of them and is suspected of being a spy. Here he is portrayed in an extreme, difficult and wilful attempt to find some humanity left in the middle of so much horror and to cling on to it. It is a cruel tale because it is honest and it condemns the cruelty that man can show and at the same time it celebrates his courage and resilience.
The absence, at times complete, of shadows seems to imply that escaping is impossible and freedom seems to remain a mirage.
After graduating in chemistry, Gleb Panfilov quit his job at the factory to follow his passion for the cinema. After his first experiments with documentaries, his debut film No Path Through Fire (1968) won him the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival. The protagonist is Inna Churikova, who later became his wife and muse, starring in all his films. Over the years his films have been awarded in Berlin (The theme, in 1979), Cannes, and many film festivals in Russia.