This impressionistic film, based on a collection of stories by Turgenev, titled The Notes of a Hunter, has almost no dialogue and explores the ordinary daily rounds of Foma, a forester and gamekeeper on a nobleman's estate. Foma's job is to keep the local populace from taking advantage of the timber and wildlife on the estate. The situation isolates him from everyone, except his young daughter and infant son. A peaceable and compassionate man, he rarely punishes poachers, preferring to keep their damage to a bearable minimum rather than eliminating it altogether.
CAST & CREW
Roman Balayan, Ivan Mikolajchuk
Director of Photography
Mikhail Golubovic, Oleg Tabakov, Yelena Khrol, Yuri Dubrovin, Aleksey Zaytsev
Dovzhenko Film Studio
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)