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Winner of a Golden Plaque award at the Chicago International Film Festival "for its complex and poetic evocation of an ambiguous period in Soviet history," Marina Razbezhkina's debut film Harvest Time is a beautiful portrait of a woman living in a small Russian village after World War II. Working at a collective farm as a tractor operator, Antonina suddenly finds herself having to support her young son and husband - after the latter returns from the warfront without his legs.
In honor of Antonina's hard work, the State rewards her with the prestigious Red Flag, also naming her the best tractor operator in the region. As the first woman to ever receive such title, Antonina becomes the source of great pride for her family and community. But when a mouse infestation threatens to destroy the valued Flag, the prestigious prize turns into a liability. Antonina becomes intensely invested in keeping it safe and at her home.
More than a story of survival against ethics, or individuality against collectivity, Harvest Time is a piercing meditation on family unity. Set in the 1950s U.S.S.R., a period marked by rapid Soviet development and harsh poverty for its habitants, Razbezhkina's film dares to combine humor and sensitive character development with a legitimate sense of nostalgia for a difficult and fascinating period in the Soviet past.
2004 Russia 67 min. Color Original Aspect Ratio (1:33.1)
In Russian with optional English subtitles
A film by MARINA RAZBEZHKINA HARVEST TIME
LYUDMILA MOTORNAYA VYACHESLAV BATRAKOV DMITRI YAKOVLEV DMITRI YERMAKOV SERGEI STAROSTIN and SVETLANA YEFREMOVA Editing TATYANA NAIDYONOVA
Original Music ANTON SILAYEV
Production Design RASHIT SAFIULLIN
Cinematography IRINA URALSKAYA
Executive Producer TATYANA KANAYEVA
Producer NATALIA ZHELTUKHINA
Written and Directed by MARINA RAZBEZHKINA © 2004 Risk TV and Video Studio, Moscow
"In a manner reminiscent of early silent film poets like Dovhenko, HARVEST TIME depicts rural Russia as both brutal and astonishingly beautiful." - Telluride Film Festival Catalogue
WINNER BEST FILM (Fipresci Award) -MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
TELLURIDE / LONDONKARLOVY VARY Film Festivals