Chagall-Malevich

Actress channels Marc Chagall’s beloved Bella...‘mystical’ kinship keeps Kristina Schneidermann afloat as she portrays great artist’s wife.

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Chagall-Malevich

The artistic and political revolution of early 20th century Russia is mythologized in CHAGALL-MALEVICH, a magical period drama about the uneasy relationship between two artistic geniuses.

Inspired by the memoirs of Marc Chagall and those of his contemporaries, the film blends fact and folklore to evoke the return of the iconic Jewish artist (portrayed by Leonid Bichevin, "Cargo 200") to his childhood home of Vitebsk. Having left behind immense success in Paris, Chagall returns to the Russian empire in 1917 hoping to marry the love of his life, Bella Rosenfeld (Kristina Schneidermann); he produces copious paintings and establishes the Academy of Modern Art. A rivalry develops with abstract painter Kazimir Malevich (Anatoliy Belyy), invited to teach at the art school. As Bella rekindles a childhood friendship with military Red Commissar Naum (Semeon Shkalikov), Chagall competes for the affections of his muse and future wife. As the October Revolution sweeps across Russia, historical events intrude on personal struggles and upend the quiet provincial life in Vitebsk.

“Bichevin is the anchor for all of the director's flights of invention. When his Chagall says that life can be wondrous no matter how dire things get, you believe him.” (Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com)
Not Rated
Genre
Bio-pic, Drama, History
Runtime
117
Language
Russian
Director
Alexander Mitta
Cast
Leonid Bichevin, Anatoliy Belyy, Kristina Schneidermann

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