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Sky in diamonds

A Feature film by Vassili Pitchoul

Produced by Parnasse International

Release in France : 03/11/1999

    Synopsis

    A new-born baby is found in a snowy Moscow street. Abandoned on the centenary of Anton Chekhov's birthday, the child is given the famous Russian writer's name in the hope that it will one day protect him from the delinquency into which so many young orphans fall. But Anton Chekhov has a double destiny – he will become both writer and gangster.

    Actors (7)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Parnasse International

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Parnasse International

    Co-production :

    Arte France Cinéma

    French distribution :

    Rosem Films

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    Subject

    The expression "sky in diamonds" was first used by Anton Chekhov in "Uncle Vania." The words are spoken by a girl by battered by life, patiently waiting for her end to come so she at last can find peace and begin a new joyful existence free of cares. The expression continues to strike a chord in the hearts of present-day Russians. But in the film, unlike Chekhov's heroine, the man says the words with irony. I wanted to reassure my fellow Russians, at the mercy of history's whims, caught in an inextricable tangle of tragic, comic, fantastic, romantic, criminal and - in one sense - absurd events.

    Vassili Pitchoul - Director, excerpt from the press folder

    Full credits (8)

    Executive Producer :

    Sylvain Bursztejn

    Director of Photography :

    Andrëi Makarov

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Agnès Chabot

    Music Composer :

    Alexei Chelyguine

    Screenwriters :

    Maria Khmelik, Boris Babkine

    Sound Recordist :

    Ian Pototski

    Production Designers :

    Andrëi Makarov, Vassili Pitchoul

    Costume designer :

    Ekaterina Kotova

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Production language :

    Russian

    Coproducer countries :

    Russia, France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Majority French (Russia, France)

    Production year :

    1999

    French release :

    03/11/1999

    Runtime :

    1 h 50 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    92.657

    Visa issue date :

    05/10/1999

    Approval :

    Yes

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Audio format :

    Dolby SRD

    Director

    Festival Selections

    Moscow - International Film Festival - 1999

    Moscow - International Film Festival (Russia, 1999)

    Selection

    Panorama