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
Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
Long Farewells (Dolgie provody)
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.