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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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KVN
KVN
KVN

KVN

director: Arkadii Faustov
original title: KVN
country: USSR
year: 1965
running time: 9 min.

synopsis

A documentary collage consisting of images of fields and housing estates, young people having fun, or a university setting and staged scenes filled with humour and hyperbole, accompanied by a voiceover recalling propagandistic socio-critical documentaries. Though banned in the Soviet Union, the film screened at several foreign festivals.

biography

Arcadii Faustov (1936–2009) never formally studied filmmaking, but worked as a director, cinematographer and screenwriter. A graduate of the Power Engineering Institute, from 1965 he led the Film Studio at the Kharkov Polytechnic Institute, where he taught aspiring filmmakers. 

more about film

director: Arkadii Faustov

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