Taurus
Taurus

Taurus

Director Alexander Sokurov

Production year 2000

Length 90min.

Country Russia

SYNOPSIS

1922. Summer. In the governmental country residence near Moscow, an old mansion, Lenin, the man who tried to change the world, is slowly getting weaker and weaker. He knows that it is going towards the end. He is waiting for death.

Awards

Grand Prix and Award for the actors’ duo L. Mozgovoy and M. Kuznetsova | Festival of Russian Cinema “Window to Europe”, Vyborg, Russia, 2001

Russian State Prize to A. Sokurov and Y. Arabov | , Russia, 2001

Gold Griffon Award | Festival of Festivals IFF, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2001

Award to A. Sokurov for Best Director and Press Award for the film | Vivat, Russian Cinema FF,St. Petersburg, Russia, 2001

Award to L. Mozgovoy for Best Male Lead | Listopad IFF, Minsk, Belarus, 2001

Special Mention of the Jury to M. Kuznetsova | Sozvezdie (Constellation) IFF, Arkhangelsk, Russia, 2001

Special Prize for the film | Festival of Russian Film in Onfleur, France, 2001

Best Fiction Film, Best Director, Best Male Lead, Best Female Lead ,Best Script, Best Camera, Best Production Design | Nika, Russia, 2002

Best Film, Best Director, Best Camera, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Script, Best Production Design | National Award Golden Ram, Russia, 2002

Best Film, Best Actor, Best Script, Best Production Design | Bronze Horseman, the Professional Awards of the Lenfilm Studio, Russia, 2001

CAST & CREW

Alexander Sokurov
Alexander Sokurov

Director

Script

Yuri Arabov

Director of Photography

Alexander Sokurov

Production designer

Natalya Kochergina

Music by

Andrei Sigle

Sound

Sergei Moshkov

Cast

Leonid Mozgovoy, Maria Kuznetsova, Natalya Nikulenko, Sergei Razhuk, Lev Yeliseyev, Nikolay Ustinov, Fyodor Lavrov

Production company

Lenfilm Studio

Alexander Sokurov

Born 1951, Podorvikha, Irkutsk Oblast, Russia. After graduating from high school in 1968 he entered Gorky University (Department of History). While a student he began working as a staff member for the Gorky television. In 1975-79 Sokurov studied in the Director's Department at the Moscow All-Union State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). His first feature film The Lonely Voice of a Man was highly appreciated by director Andrei Tarkovsky and later received a number of awards. Sokurov was employed by the Lenfilm Studio in 1980. At the same time he started working at the Leningrad Studio for Documentary Films, where he has made his documentaries. Alexander Sokurov acts very often not only as a director, but also as a screenwriter and director of photography in his projects. He has received many Russian and international awards. The European Film Academy listed Sokurov among the Best 100 directors of the world cinema. In 2005 his film Sun won Grand Prix at the Golden Apricot IFF.


Filmography

The Lonely Voice of Man (1978-87), Maria (1978-88), Sonata for Hitler (1979-89), The Degraded (1980), Sonata for Viola. Dmitriy Shostakovitch (1981), And Nothing More (1982-87), Painful Indifference (1983-87), Evening Sacrifice (1984-87), Patience Labour (1985-87), Elegy (1986), Empire (1986), Moscow Elegy (1986-88), Days of Eclipse (1988), Save and Protect (1989), Soviet Elegy (1989), Petersburg Elegy (1990), To the Events in Transcaucasia. Newsreel No. 5, Special Issue (1990), A Simple Elegy (1990), The Second Circle (1990), Elegy from Russia (1992), A Retrospection of Leningrad (1957–1990) (2009), An Example of Intonation (1991), Stone (1992), Whispering Pages (1993), Soldier's Dream (1995). Spiritual Voices (1995), Mother and Son (1996), Oriental Elegy (1996), Hubert Robert. A Fortunate Life (1996), A Humble Life (1997), The St. Petersburg Diary. Inauguration of a Monument to Dostoevsky (1997), The St. Petersburg Diary. Kosintsev's Flat (1997), Confession (1998), The Dialogues with Solzhenitsyn (1998), dolce… (1999), Moloch (1999), Taurus (2000), Elegy of a Voyage (2001), Russian Ark (2002), Father and Son (2003), The Sun (2004), The St. Petersburg Diary Mozart. Requiem (2005), Elegy of Life (2006), Alexandra (2007), Reading Book of Blockade (2009), Intonation (2009), Faust (2011).

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