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Overview of upcoming Russian animated features: part 8

Previously:
Our Masha in the Strawberry Country (Dec. 18, 2008)
The New Adventures of Alyonushka and Yeryoma (Dec. 25, 2008)
The Tale of Fedot the Strelets (Jan. 1, 2009) (Dec. 18, 2008)
Ivan Tsarevich and Grey Wolf (Feb. 1, 2009)
Alice's Birthday (Feb. 19, 2009)
Star Dogs: Belka and Strelka (Dec. 31, 2009)
Alien Pile (likely 2009)

A Room and a Half, or A Sentimental Journey to the Homeland (Russian-language "Window to Europe" profile)
Полторы комнаты, или Сентиментальное путешествие на родину
Release date: Likely 2009
Director: Andrey Khrzhanovskiy
Studio: School-Studio SHAR, Dago Co
Budget: ?
125 minutes

This is an animated documentary inspired by the Russian poet Joseph Brodsky. It is directed by Andrey Khrzhanovskiy, one of the most well-respected directors of animation from Soviet times. Since the 1990s, he has been teaching and making films at School-Studio SHAR. He's not new to animated documentaries, either; in Soviet times he directed a trilogy of animated documentaries about the great Russian poet Pushkin.

A nearly-finished version of the film was shown at "Window to Europe" in August 2008, so a release can't be far off.

This feature film is the full realization of a 26-minute pilot released back in 2002, called A Cat and a Half (Полтора кота). It can be viewed here (no English subtitles, though):

Tags: feature film, khrzhanovskiy
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