HOWEVER ODD, BUT KHOKHLOVA
HOWEVER ODD, BUT KHOKHLOVA

HOWEVER ODD, BUT KHOKHLOVA

Director David Safarian

Production year 1986

Length 33min.

Country Russia

SYNOPSIS

The film is about Russian silent movie star Alexandra Khokhlova. She was the first Soviet blacklisted actress. In her 90es, Khokhlova acts in this extraordinary documentary: she acts herself. Film critics recognised her appearance here as the last and brilliant role of great actress.

CAST & CREW

David Safarian
David Safarian

Director

Script

David Safaryan

Director of Photography

Armen Khachaturyan, Artem Melkumyan, Sergey Pogorelov, Arkadi Voronkov, Yevgeni Gurevich

Music by

Ashot Hakobyan

Sound

Alexander Zakrzhevsky

Edit

David Safaryan, Tatyana Ignateva

David Safarian

In 1975, David Safarian graduated from the Fine Arts and Theatre Institute in Yerevan. From 1972-78, he was an actor at the State TV Theatre in Yerevan, assistant director and director at Armenian Documentary Film Studio. In 1983, he graduated from the Moscow Film Institute (VGIK). Since 1983, he has been a director at Armenfilm Studio. In 1991, he had special screening of films in Cinemathèque Française in Paris. Since 1991, he has been a member of the General Assembly of Cinemathèque Française. From 1995-2001, he made series of short documentaries about Armenian culture and history on German TV (ORB/SFB/RBB). In 1996, he had a Retrospective of films in Cinemathèque Française at the 60th Anniversary of the Cinemathèque in Paris. In 1999, there was a one-week screenings of his selected films in Berlin. From 2001-02, he was a Guest Professor at the Film and TV Department in the University of Kassel, Germany. In 2002, he founded Studio DS Film Production and Art Development Fund. From 2003-07, he was a Professor, co-heading the Film and TV Department at the University of Kassel, Germany. From 2001-16, he made Outstanding Personalities. 20th Century and Centuries’ Change portrait series using exclusively shot documentary footages with Marcel Marceau, Pope John Paul II, Krzysztof Penderecki and other eminent figures. Safaryan’s films are included in various collections of world film museums, have repeatedly presented Armenian films at international film festivals and have won prestigious awards.


Filmography

Vocation (1975), Fire! (1983), The Forest (1985), However Odd, But Khokhlova (1986), Warmth-sickness (1990), 131st Catholicos (1995), The Lost Paradise (1992), 1700 (2001), Expectation (2002), Lullaby (2002), 28:94 Local Time (2015), Hot Country, Cold Winter (2016), Champion (2017), Shorzha Island (2018).

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