< THE NOSE OR CONSPIRACYOF MAVERICKS(Nos, Ili Zagovor Netakikh)>
The film is dedicated topioneers of art – the people who were aheadof their time and, most importantly, fearlessenough to dare the non-mainstream, even if atthe cost of their own life. Director, artist, andanimator Andrey Khrzhanovsky’s work is anadaptation of both Shostakovich’s opera andthe original novella. Entering into a dialoguewith both, he has created his own Nose—asurrealist, absurdist and scary story aboutthe relationships between the artist andtheir time—between art and power—whosecharacters, along with Shostakovich andGogol, include Vsevolod Meyerhold, MikhailBulgakov, and a few other historical figures.The combination of Khrzhanovsky’s uniqueanimation style, the opera score, the literature,and documentary footage creates a truerequiem for the Russian Avant-Garde of thetwentieth century, whose history resonates withthe modern day. A bewildering and absolutelyperplexing film that takes viewers some
Andrey Yu. Khrzhanovsky is a well-known Soviet and Russian cartoonist, screenwriter and educator. He is Merited Artist of the Russian Federation, Russia’s Honored Man of Arts and two-times winner of the National Award, and co-founder of the Animated Cartoon Design School called SHAR. Khrzhanovsky is best known for his cartoons Once Upon A Time There Lived Kozyavin, Glass Harmonica, The House That Jack Built, Wonder of Wonders, The Royal Sandwich, A Lion with Grey Beard, to name a few.
Khrzhanovsky’s recently released animated film The Nose Or Conspiracy of Mavericks (2020) – based on the eponymous story by Nikolai Gogol (The Nose) and an opera by Shostakovich – has been highly acclaimed by the critics as a 2020 masterpiece. 80-year-old Khrzhanovsky said he nurtured the idea for about half a century. The characters, along with Shostakovich and Gogol, include Vsevolod Meyerhold and Mikhail Bulgakov.
A full-length animated film from living classical cartoon industry guru known both domestically and globally, Andrey Khrzhanovsky’s The Nose Or Conspiracy of Mavericks holds Best Feature award from the prestigious Annecy International Animation Film Festival.