Died Soviet film Director Aleksandr Askoldov

Died Soviet film Director Aleksandr Askoldov

Soviet film Director Alexander Askoldov died in a hospital in Sweden. He was 85 years old. This was reported “Interfax” with reference to close Askold.

A spokesman said the Director died after a long illness. The time and place of farewell with Askoldova not yet known. He will be buried in Sweden, where I live the wife and daughter of the Director, said “Interfax”.

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Aleksandr Askoldov was born in 1932 in Moscow. In 1966, he entered the Higher Director’s courses and as a diploma work made the film “the Commissioner” based on the story of Vasily Grossman “In the town of Berdichev”. The Soviet censorship forbade to show the picture, and the Director was dismissed with the formulation “as incompetent”.

In 1988, the film “Commissar” was shown in limited release in the Soviet Union, and at international film festivals. The picture won the Grand Prix at film festivals in USA, Portugal, France and Israel. In 1988, the film received a special prize from the jury of the Berlin film festival.

“Commissioner” — the only feature film, which was directed by Askold. He has made several documentaries, and in recent years taught in Europe.