RUSSIA, FRANCE, GERMANY

Father and Son Отец и сын

2003 – 35mm – colore – 94’

 

Direction: Aleksandr Sokurov

Screenplay: Sergey Potepalov

Cinematography: Aleksandr Burov

Editing: Sergey Ivanov

Set design: Nataliya Kochergina

Music: Andrey Sigle

Cast: Andrey Shchetinin, Aleksey Nejmyshev, Aleksandr Razbash, Fedor Lavrov, Marina Zasukhina

Producers: Thomas Kufus, Igor Kalenov

Production: zero film, Nikola–film, Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation

 

SYNOPSIS

A father and his son live together in a rooftop apartment. They have lived alone for years in a world of their own, full of daily rituals. Following in his father’s footsteps, Alexei attends military school. He loves sports, it’s the only thing on his mind. His girlfriend is jealous of the close relationship he has with his father. Despite being aware that all sons must one day live their own lives, Alexei is upset by the idea. The father knows that he should accept a better job in another town and maybe also marry again, but then who would comfort Alexei? Never has a love between a father and a son been so strong.

 

CRITICAL NOTE

“Father and Son is a film that makes use of an austere mise-en-scene, immersed in a rarefied and almost timeless atmosphere, as if to focus on the emotions, the feelings, the words, the displays of affection, the demands for love. Just a few props, simple everyday locations, a twilight penetrating the interiors from outside; watered-down colours, so soft and diffused, light and subtle; a veiled light, filtered by the grey sky, that softens the contrasts and the colours; grainy outlines, shadows that simply become darker zones where the shapes are blurred. Every scene, or rather every picture, contains bated breaths, the restlessness of waiting, the uncertainty of boundaries, the fear of the future, the emptiness of loss, the audacity of risk.”

(Angelo Signorelli, Cineforum No. 426, June 2003)

 

AWARDS

2003 Cannes Film Festival – Competition: FIPRESCI Award