Nos ali zarota odpadnikov / Нос, или Заговор “не таких” / The Nose or the Conspiracy of Mavericks

Nos ali zarota odpadnikov / Нос, или Заговор “не таких” / The Nose or the Conspiracy of Mavericks


Russia, 2020, 89'
In Russian with English and Slovenian subtitles

On the plane, classics of Soviet cinema unspool on the monitors, while two gentlemen discuss Gogol's proto-surrealist 1836 novella The Nose and what it means to be civilized today. Set to the score of Shostakovich's eponymous 1920s opera, animation legend Khrzhanovsky brings us on his stridently post-modernist path of narrative anti-drive, all digression with nary a plot, all cheek and panache. Ideas, anecdotes and even some insights into the human heart carefully disguised as jokes, create a gem from the future and the past, a ground-breaking requiem for the Russian avant-garde.

Directed by: Andrej Hržanovski
Written by: Andrej Hržanovski, Jurij Arabov
Cinematography: Igor Skidan-Bosin
Art director: Marina Azizjan
Animation: Stepan Birjukov, Jekaterina Bojkova, Andrej Vološin, Fazil Gasanov, Dmitrij Ivanov, Natalija Marčenkova, Lidija Majatnikova, Alla Solovjova, Anastasija Sembon, Mihail Tumelja, Natalija Fedosova, Aleksander Hramcov, Varja Jakovleva, Jekaterina Rikova, Aljona Gutman, Aleksander Panov, Jevgenij Fadejev, Maksim Novikov, Svetlana Zueva, Olga Li
Editing: Taisija Krugovih, Ilja Tomaševič, Veronika Utkina
Sound Design: Artjom Fadejev
Producers: Andrej Hržanovski, Nikolaj Makovski
Production: School - Studio “SHAR”
Distribution: All Media Company

An honoured art worker and two-time winner of the Russian State Prize, Andrey Khrzhanovsky is also one of the founders and professors of the School-studio of animation SHAR in Moscow. His work is characterised by a constant interest for the history of Russian and world culture, as well as by a delicacy and expressiveness of plastic forms.

The film is based on the two greatest creations of the Russian genius: the short story "The Nose" by Nikolai Gogol, and the opera “The Nose” that the composer Dmitri Shostakovich made Gogol’s story into in 1930. The film is dedicated to pioneers, innovators in art. People who are ahead of their time. And, most importantly, who have no fear to go against the tide. At the cost of personal well-being, and often life. The main characters of the film are writers Nikolai Gogol and Mikhail Bulgakov, director Vsevolod Meyerhold and composer Dmitry Shostakovich.

Awards and festivals (selection):
- Special Jury Award and Nominee for the Best Feature Cristal, Annecy IAFF 2020
- Nominee for Best Animated Feature Film, European Film Awards 2020
- Grand Prize in Feature Films Competition, Zagreb World Festival of Animated Films 2021
- Best Film, Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema 2021
- Rotterdam IFF 2020

Film info

Directed by: Andrej Hržanovski
Production: School - Studio “SHAR”
Festival programme: Animated Feature Films
Year: 2020
Length: 89'
Country: Russia

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