Friedrich Gorenshtein: he knew all about Russia

Friedrich Gorenshtein: he knew all about Russia

Original title: Friedrich Gorenshtein: on znal o rossii vsyo
Country: Germany
Director: Yury Veksler
Year: 2015
Duration: 82
Genre: Biographical documentary
Color: Color
Original language: Russian
Languages available: Russian
Subtitles: English


The documentary is not only a portrait of the writer who was ignored by his contemporaries, but also the collective portrait of his great contemporaries – film directors Andrei Tarkovsky and Andrei Konchalovsky, writers Andrey Bitov, Victor Erofeyev, Evgeny Popov and Boris Khazanov, literary critics, theatre directors.
In the second part we meet Friedrich Gorenshtein himself, a 1980 émigré who never returned to Russia. For over 20 years he lived and worked in Berlin, where he died in 2002.
The documentary inquires into the reasons for rejection of Gorenshtein and the lack of understanding of his prophetic novels “The Place” and “The Psalm” in Russia. The film shows the writer’s commitment to his talent and his mission: to describe “his motherland” with relentless vigilance of the “biblical realism”.
Most of the archive material used in the film is shown for the first time.


Nominated to an Award at the Russian National Documentary Award LAVR : Best Educational Film

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