“D’MAX” Film Company 2004, Russia, Feature Film, colour 95 min.
About the film
A comedy-tinged drama, Dura is the story of a person out of the ordinary.
Prizes in the categories "For the best director", " Best female role
Meet Ulyana Tulina – a childish mind in an adult woman’s body. Straightforward to the point of eccentricity, she is sometimes funny, sometimes ridiculous, but most often vexing. Her twin sister Lisa, the only person to take care of her, has a tortuous stage career.
Their sisterly harmony crumbles down as the Man comes in. Despite his own will, Sasha, an aspiring writer, breaks the heart of both, but only one of them becomes his Muse and a heroine of his would-be novel.
Reality is not fiction. It ruthlessly interferes with a denouement any author would envy.
DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT ABOUT THE FILM
A comedy-tinged drama, Dura is the story of a person out of the ordinary. There is a disease which all too often strikes human life. Like any illnesses, it has its crises and temporary improvements. Loneliness is its name and love is the remedy.
The film addresses the matters too painful to discuss, yet too important to shrug off.
“Gemini Film International”
, 37, was born in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg. Graduated from the Shchukin Drama School, Moscow, as actor, 1992. Produced Art-Nouveau Game, 2003, starring Oksana Korostyshevskaya, Yevgeni Beroyev, Mikhail Kozakov, Yevgeni Mironov, Alexander Porokhovshchikov, Olga Volkova and Galina Tyunina (Globus Film, St. Petersburg)
Graduated from the VGIK (All-Russia Institute of Cinematography, Moscow), Vladimir Nakhabtsev’s studio, 1990 Member, R.G.C. in IMAGO, Cameramen’s Guild Board (Russia) Made fore than twenty films, among them:
Prizes: Best Camera, Munich Film Festival, 1990, Go, Bay, Go! Valeri Prodan, director Camera of the Year, WHITE SQUARE film festival, 2004, Hot Saturday.
35, was born in Ramenskoye, Moscow environs. Graduated from the RATI/GITIS (All-Russia Theater Institute, Moscow) as actress, 1995.
Wrote screenplays for cinema and television films:
47, composer, showman and actor, was born in Berlin, Germany. Graduated from the Moscow Peter Tchaikovsky Conservatory, 1982. Member, Composers’ Union, 1985. Merited Actor of Russia, 2000 1990-91, underwent training at the Paramount and XX Century Fox, USA, as composer and arranger
Wrote incidental music for cinema and television films:
30, composer and actor, was born in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg. Studied at the Mikhail Glinka Choir School, Leningrad. Graduated from GITIS (All-Russia Theater Institute, Moscow, Alexander Borodin’s studio) as actor, 1997.
Wrote incidental music for cinema films:
Для кино писал музыку:
40, was born in Moscow. Graduated from the LIKI (Leningrad Institute of Film Engineering, Department of Sound Technologies), 1992.
Worked as sound director for cinema and television films, among them:
46, was born in Odessa. Started work in the cinema, 1976. Montage specialist at the Odessa Film Studio, Tsentrnauchfilm science film studio, Moscow, and the Imperial film company Montage director, ITAR-TASS news agency since 1999 Member, Russian Cinematographers’ Union.
Worked at more than ten films.
Latest work, Fool! 2004.
42, graduated from the VGIK (All-Russia Institute of Cinematography, Moscow, Department of Economics), 1988. Manager, MAX casting agency (established, 1992).
Director-General, D’MAX Film Company, since 2003.
Born in Minsk, March 19, 1973. Graduated from the VGIK (All-Russia Institute of Cinematography, Moscow), Yevgeni Kindinov’s studio, 1990.
Prizes, awards, nominations: 2001, Best Debut, Smile Russia! Film festival, Quiet Waters, 2003, Best Actress, Amur Autumn film forum
Born in Kodyma, Odessa Region, Ukraine, August 24, 1958. Graduated from the GITIS (All-Russia Theater Institute, Moscow, Alexei Borodin’s class), 1988. Employed with the Russian Youth Theatre, Moscow, since then.
Born in Moscow, 1973. Graduated from the Moscow State University, Department of Journalism, and did postgraduate research there. Graduated from the GITIS(All-Russia Theater Institute, Moscow) as actress, 2001. Appears on stage and in the cinema.
Born in Moscow, December 6, 1958. Graduated from the Moscow Arts Theater drama school, Ivan Tarkhanov’s class, 1980.
Prizes, awards, nominations: 1996, the Nike, as Fedor (The Muslim), 1996, Best Actor, Cinetaur film festival (The Muslim), 1990, Best Actor, 17th festival of young Mosfilm studio filmmakers (The Kerosene Trader’s Wife)
Born, April 15, 1939. Graduated from the Leningrad Youth Theater drama school, Professor L. Makaryev’s class, 1960
Born in Kharkov, Ukraine, June 17, 1964. Graduated from the LGITMiK, Eugeny Padve’s class, as actor, 1990.
Born in Novaya Kakhovka, Ukraine, March 12, 1965. Graduated from the VGIK (All-Russia Institute of Cinematography, Moscow), Alexei Batalov’s studio, 1986.
Born June 18, 1961. Graduated from the Moscow Arts Theater drama school, Vladimir Manyukov’s class, 1983.
Was with the Maxim Gorky Arts Theater company before 1988. 1988-90, Man theater studio. 1990-91, Stanislavsky Theater Professor, Moscow Arts Theater drama school, since 1989.
Taught acting in Paris. Played in the cinema. His most notable appearance was in, Dark Nights in Sochi, Vassili Pichul, director
To the incompetent writer with an impressive parting and the apocalyptic name Sasha Mushkin, the higher forces send Ulyana-a thirty-year-old big-eyed fool, awkwardly balancing between Down's syndrome and Amelie Poulin, in love with the whole world (including even the deputy from the LDPR Mitrofanov) and existing on the dependency of her sister-also thirty, still quite beautiful, but obviously very talented actress of the Youth Theater.
Mushkin begins to live with his sister (partly because there is no money and he has nowhere else to live), and Ulyana, who is in love with him, tries to use her as a muse. The attempt to increase capitalization through the use of a heartbreaking idiot is a controversial practice, but for some reason it is not considered shameful in the developed cinematic powers; especially since it sometimes affects women and those amazing people who have the right to vote in the distribution of film awards: this is guaranteed by an extensive gallery of Oscar-winning fools of various qualities and levels of sincerity.
Checking the sincerity of the creators of "Dura" is a task for inquisitors and auditors of the Accounting Chamber: let them clarify where there is calculation, and where childlike spontaneity (despite the fact that the second does not exclude the first, just the opposite), let them measure the authenticity of the poverty of the spirit and the resulting bliss in the mournful eyes of the artist Korostyshevskaya, whose Ulyana is obvious (and not very carefully) taken from the heroine Dina Korzun in "The Land of the Deaf".
The only thing that I want to reproach the" Fool " with personally is that it does not correspond to the scale of the concept put in the name. A picture entitled with such a fundamental and beautiful word, right, could be a little less insignificant in itself.
Roman Volobuev 13 june 2005k/f Dura Russia
Genre: Drama Plot: Light, joy, and the love of loved ones are in the past.
Her parents are dead, and her twin sister Lisa is an actress, plays small roles in the theater and dreams of recognition and love. And Ulyana, who loves her sister dearly, greedily tries to attract her attention, to prove her loyalty... but at the same time commits ridiculous acts. Everything changes when an aspiring writer from the province, Alexander Mushkin, appears in the sisters ' house.
In a very short period of acquaintance with Sasha, Ulyana lives an amazing life filled with joy, light and love, while managing to do a lot of stupid things…
Notes: Director: Maxim Korostyshevsky. Starring: Oksana Korostyshevskaya, Yevgeny Redko, Regina Miannik, Alexander Baluyev, Olga Volkova, Dmitry Shevchenko, Igor Zolotovitsky, Tatiana Lyutaeva, Eduard Radzyukevich.
Review by Igor Mikhailov: Probably, every person is afraid to die and not leave a memory on earth. The heroine of the film "Fool" has this fear incredibly acute, since the approach of her death is obvious. Once, 30 years ago, doctors used forceps to rescue one of the twin sisters from the mother's womb.
The result of this method of resolving the burden was the personal deformation of Ulyana Tulina, not that they are completely morons, but women with oddities. Years passed. The mother of the twins left this world, leaving Uly in the care of her normal sister Lisa. The usual life gives a crack at the moment when Lisa brings Sasha to the house of a literary loser. It becomes necessary for each of the women. However, this need manifests itself in different ways. For Lisa, Alexander is, first of all, a beloved man.
For Ulyana, he is a God who can temporarily paint the inner world of an unhappy woman in all the colors of the rainbow. Alexander, who is absolutely not adapted to practical life, seizes on the idea that a cynical publisher throws at him. Now the would-be genius records on a dictaphone all the dialogues that sound in the house in which he found shelter.
From these dialogues, he creates a reality show that should be the basis for his novel. Either a comedy, or a tragedy, or the story of writing a book, wandering in the head of the writer – all this together – the film "Fool" by Maxim Korostyshevsky. The role of Ulyana Tulina was played by Oksana Korostyshevskaya, who portrayed not a crazy, but a crazy woman, with a crystal soul and a heart ready to explode.
It remains to add that the music for the film was written by Sergey Shustitsky, who once delighted us with his participation in the project"Funny Guys".
...- Eeeee … What is this? Why are you crying? Who offended you? Let's go punch him in the eye. You don't want to? In vain. How is it-everything is normal? Isn't that funny? Calm down. Where did he go? He'll be back. Won't come back? Well, thank God. Won't you survive? Yeah. No, no one's laughing at you. Oh ... (winces) Just do not use these loud phrases and cheap pathos. Stop your tantrum, do you hear? Sorry. (takes a drag on his cigarette, turns to the window) So what? What do you mean, scary? Who's scary? You?(!) Oh, her! Or you? I do not understand. So. Go have some tea. You don't want to? What more vodka do you want? I also came up with it. "Our meeting was a mistake." (he intones) Where did you get those Mexican phrases? How do you imagine it – "I will never have this with anyone again"? Fool. My God, what does your cold have to do with it? It will pass. Do you hear me? It will pass. So. Now you're stupid, too. Sure. Such thoughts will not enter a smart person's head for more than five minutes. Does your throat hurt? Well, let's sit under the window for a while, maybe my ears will freeze and fall off.
They are sisters, they are thirty-three, Ulya writes "prastitutka" and laughs hysterically, Liza is an exhausted actress who is not given roles; one day they will meet a tall, nosy, sad-looking writer on the bridge, who looks like a sad duckling, and they will put him in their house; he will sleep with the actress, and write a book about the fool – which will end badly.
All this could turn out to be a powerful psychological drama (such plots have been in constant demand since Faulkner's "Noise and Fury"), if the main character – a victim of birth trauma, a disabled person of the second group – had a slightly less perfect skin; in general, the actress Korostyshevskaya tears herself into rags for the title role, and she almost succeeds when she curls into a tourniquet on the road in the park, knocking on the ground with her face in a black motorcycle helmet, masturbates, rolling her round eyes, or becomes a small wooden a doll in the hands of the man of her dreams – spoils everything with a treacherous lip gloss and scenes where the "fool" suddenly begins to denounce the authorities or suddenly gives Michael Jackson; from the side of a downtrodden girl with impaired coordination of movements, this looks like mockery.
The film, however, is aphoristic almost like Litvinova's "Goddess"; what is worth only Uli's phrases, among which, for example: "It happens – you are, and no one needs you" or a single remark of the great actress Olga Volkova: she sits in front of the mirror in a thick layer of makeup and slowly says to the reflection: "Yes. This, of course,is not a face, but an ass. It's a pity for the kids – they still came to see the fairy tale."
It is worth noting, however, that the film "Fool" has already been shot once: it was called "Moon Glades" and was released in 2002 with Alice Bogart in the title role: she looks like Korostyshevskaya like two drops of water and played a seriously ill woman in love with her brother – a writer-loser. On the walls there were completely identical light spots, family ties weighed down the characters to the same extent, the pages of the rejected novel were also picturesquely scattered in all directions, and the soul after all this was just as unbearably heavy.
However, the picture "Fool", fortunately, does not claim to be a new word in Russian cinema and is self - ironic in its own way-at the end, for example, a cynic publisher (performed by the most sincere bard Alexey Ivashchenko) hands the writer a plump envelope for the book, stating: "Housewives are crying."
The Dive Bomber Chronicles
Review of " The Fool" 2005
Late at night, after the end of the film, rushing through the glowing neon lights of Moscow in the company of a pleasant man and listening to the shimmer of enchanting melodies, the author of these lines could not disconnect from what she had just seen. Moreover, the thought swirled in my head that the question "what is this film about" can be answered in one short word and that the word is simple, uncomplicated, but denoting something immensely beautiful and intangible. And only a few days later it became clear that this film is about love. About a very different kind of love. Sometimes destroying, sometimes warming. Sometimes so quiet and gentle, sometimes hysterical and screaming. About love, which "is a snake, curled up in a ball, at the very heart conjures, then all day long a dove on a white window coos."
Дwe are twin sisters. Ulyana Tulina was born with the help of forceps, having received a birth trauma. It was this circumstance that determined her entire future life. She is naive and spontaneous, kind and affectionate, and does not understand at all why her actions sometimes shock others, because Ulyana is not familiar with the concept of "decency". Lisa Tulina is a failed actress: she is offered minor roles in the theater, she can't leave her sister and go to the movies, and her personal life is a complete mess. So they live, these two women, angry and irritating, offended and quarreling, but still treating each other faithfully and touchingly. Love!
Suddenly, a man appears in their house, who becomes necessary for both Ulyana and Lisa. Aspiring provincial writer Alexander Mushkin is writing a novel. But he only writes something serious, a la Fyodor Mikhailovich, with reflections and conclusions, an analysis of realities, and the publisher needs a simple ladies ' novel, without tension and frills. And here – two sisters in love with him. Than neither the plot for the novel. Only, as you know, "man believes, but God disposes" and seemingly simple relationships grow into something confusing, disturbing, strained, when you yourself do not understand who is closer to you and what you are capable of, for the sake of these two women. Love!
The undeniable advantage of the film "Fool" is the work of the screenwriter. Not to slip into a melodrama for middle-aged aunts with such a plot is extremely difficult. But the film was not a melodrama, but a tragic (to the point of tears) comedy. It is so full of catchphrases and backhand expressions that the viewer, who already feels a lump in his throat, suddenly begins to laugh. Quotes from this film are sure to spread among the people on the sayings, as once on the sayings parsed "The Diamond Hand" and "The new adventures of Shurik". But still, the dramatic plot is not lost behind this fun. It is so strong, true, heavy and beautiful that it is simply impossible to forget it, And the audience who watched the film will definitely keep in their hearts the story of the two sisters and their man.
The premiere of the film "Dura" was held as part of the XXVII Moscow International Film Festival. In July, the film is released in wide release. I really want to believe that it will find its audience, bring the creators decent fees and will remain in the hearts of people for a long time. Don't miss it, ladies and gentlemen. Russian high-quality cinema does not appear so often on our screens.