Losev

Direction
Year
1989
Country
  • Russia
Runtime
56min
Audio Tracks
Subtitles

It was one of his mentors who once told Kossakovsky, "There are two types of intelligent people; some say what they know, while others think while they speak, in order to try and say something they did not know yet, something that suggests itself in them." Victor Kossakovsky took this profundity to heart and became a filmmaker of the second category. He dedicated his documentary debut to the speaker of these words, the Russian philosopher and religious thinker Alexey Fedorovich Losev (1893-1988), who died shortly after the completion of this film. Shot in black-and-white, the film consists of two crucial shots that symbolize silence and night at both ends of the life chain. In the beginning of the film, the rising sun slowly swathes a cemetery in daylight. At the end, the earth covers a coffin bit by bit and heralds the great darkness. In Losev's words, "Divine intentions that lie beyond our reason, that's why we die."

Details

  • Original Title
    Losev
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Victor Kossakovsky, Yuriy Rostovtcev
  • Cinematography
    Victor Kossakovsky, Georgy Rerberg, Nickolay Fionychev, Vladimir Morozov
  • Editing
    Victor Kossakovsky
  • Sound
    Galina Potcelueva
  • Runtime
    56 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    1989
  • Country
    • Russia
  • Format
    • Black & White
  • Production
  • Awards
    • “Message to Man” Int. Film Festival, St. Petersburg 1991, Silver Centaur Best Debut Film, Critics Prize

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