Flying Asleep and Awake
Flying Asleep and Awake

Flying Asleep and Awake

Director Roman Balayan

Production year 1983

Length 92min.

Country Ukraine


Sergei Makarov's behavior is the focus of this tragicomedy about a man who is in no way aggressive or embittered although he may never find a place where he "belongs." Sergei has a wife and a child and a mistress yet he is not completely happy with these relationships. He also works in an engineering complex and flirts with one of the women there. His behavior, to the adults around him, is rather childish - it is as though Sergei has not fully grown up, but people are not unsympathetic to him. Just as he takes flight in his dreams, he also "takes flight" in reality -- unable to see from the perspective of others. After various escapades, one involving a police chase, Sergei celebrates his birthday party - a large outing in the countryside. The issue at stake is that he is now 40 years old and unlike most adults at that age, he seems unable to leave his childhood behind, and by the standards of his own society, should have already accomplished "something" in life.


Roman Balayan
Roman Balayan



Victor Merezhko

Director of Photography

Vilen Kalyuta

Production designer

Yevgeni Pitenin

Music by

Vadim Khrapachyov


Lyudmila Lyubenskaya


Yelena Lukashenko


Oleg Yankovskiy, Lyudmila Gurchenko, Oleg Tabakov, Lyudmila Ivanova, Lyudmila Zorina, Yelena Kostina, Oleg Menshikov, Lyubov Rudneva, Aleksandr Adabashyan, Nikita Mikhalkov

Production company(ies)

Dovzhenko Film Studio

Roman Balayan

Born 1941, Nerkin Horatagh, Nagorno-Karabakh. A graduate of the Cinema School of the Kyiv State Theatre Institute with a diploma of a film director in 1969, Balayan has since been living and working in Kyiv and Moscow as a film director, scriptwriter and producer.


Thief (1969), Anatole Petritskiy (1970), The Romashkin Effect (1973), Kashtanka (1975), Lone Wolf (1977), Flights in Dreams and in Reality (1982), The Kiss (1983), Guard Me, My Talisman (1987), The Spy (1987), Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District (1990), The First Love (1995), Two Moons, Three Suns (1998), A Night in the Parajanov Museum (1998), The Night Is Bright (2004), Birds of Paradise (2008)

FILMS 2011