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Long Farewells


Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

Long Farewells (Dolgie provody)

Unclassified 18+

Melbourne Cinematheque

17 Jun

Ostensibly the story of the strained relationship between a divorced woman and her teenage son who would rather live with his father in Siberia, Kira Muratova’s important early feature was deemed too aesthetic, personal and elitist by Soviet authorities. 

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  • Scripted by prominent feminist Natalya Ryazantseva, Long Farewells was banned and its director was ejected from the filmmakers’ union.

    “[The] film’s almost unbearable tension…is explored in a series of fluid, inventive sequences, which bring a visual sophistication – with acting and music to match – …[that] show Muratova [to be] streets ahead of her male contemporaries” - Ian Christie