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Shepitko, Larisa

Born: 6 January 1938 (Artyomovsk, Soviet Union/Ukraine) Died: 2 June 1979 (Kalinin/Tver province, Soviet Union/Russia)
After studying in the workshop of Dovchenko and Romm, Shepitko graduated from VGIK in 1963. After an impressive diploma work (Heat) she directed Wings, a complex character study that eschewed cliche to depict the emotional gap that develops between a proud, professional woman and her estranged daughter. Though praised by critics, Wings received only a limited release by Soviet authorities. Her next project was a short film for the omnibus Beginning of an Unknown Era called "Homeland of Electricity". Produced by Mosfilm's ill-fated Experimental Studio, it was shelved by censors and wasn't released until after Shepitko's death. The high point of her career came with Ascent, which won the Golden Bear at Venice in 1977. After dying in a tragic accident in 1979, her final project, Farewell, was completed by her husband, Elem Klimov, using her script.

Filmography:

  • Farewell/ Proshchaniye s Matyoroj, 1983; (screenwriter only)
  • Ascent/ Voskhozhdeniye, 1976; (also screenwriter)
  • You and Me/ Ty i ya, 1971; (also screenwriter)
  • 13 PM/ V trinadtsatom chasu nochi, 1969; TV
  • Beginning of an Unknown Era/ Nachalo nevedomogo veka, 1967; segment Rodina elektrichestva, (also screenwriter)
  • Wings/ Krylya, 1966
  • Heat/ Znoj, 1963
  • Living Water/ Zhivaya voda, 1957
  • The Blind Cook/ Slepoj kukhar, 1956