One of Kira Muratova’s earliest films, The Long Farewell tells the story of the relationship between a single mother, Evgenia, and her teenage son, Sasha. The farewell of the film’s title not only anticipates the painful separation of Evgenia and her son, but also articulates the protagonist’s struggle to renegotiate parts of her identity deeply rooted in her role as a mother.
Introduction by Valeria Mutc,
Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale University
We are proud to present this tribute to Russian-Ukrainian director Kira Muratova(1934-2018), one of the most wildly inventive, acerbic, and unsentimentally humane filmmakers in cinema history. This series, the first US retrospective since Muratova’s death in June, offers a selection of her very hard-to-see films on DCP with English subtitles, provided by the Dovzhenko Center in Kiev.