dolce . . .НЕЖНО
JAPAN, RUSSIA / 1999 / Japanese, Russian / Color / Video / 63 min
Director: Alexander Sokurov
Photography: Otsu Koshiro
Editing: Aleksei Yankovsky, Sergei Ivanov
Sound: Miya Kosei
Sound Editing: Sergei Moshikov
Producer: Kogure Yuji (Quest)
Cast: Shimao Miho, Shimao Maya, Shimao Toshio
Production Companies: Quest, Studio Bereg
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A full moon shines over the ocean on Kakeroma Island. Waves dissipate on the other side of the paper screen door. Leaning against a wall, Miho starts to whisper. About her mother and father, her conflicted love with Toshio, and death. Questions about the self, love for her daughter Maya. Miho talks about her memories in tears and hums an old folk song. Giving herself over to Sokurov’s direction, the writer Shimao Miho from Amami plays herself. Bitter memories with a hint of sweet fragrance drift over the island.
Born in 1951 in Irkutsk Oblast, Russia. Because of his father’s job in the military, he spent his youth in other countries, such as Turkmenistan and Poland. He graduated from Gorky University and the All-Union Cinematography Institute (VGIK), and then worked at Leningrad Documentary Film Studio and Lenfilm. Most of his films were banned by the authorities until 1987. He has since continued to work energetically, producing a steady stream of controversial films. He shoots both documentary and fiction, and has released more than 30 films. He is deeply interested in Japan, and produced a Japan Trilogy—Oriental Elegy, A Humble Life, and dolce . . . . Elegy from Russia was screened at YIDFF ’93.