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life and work of one of the geniuses of the twentieth century, Joseph Brodsky. Based on Brodsky’s literary works, drawings, biography,
but above all inspired by Brodsky’s prose, it complements the poet’s recollections with accounts of his contemporaries and critics.
Joseph Brodsky was one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century. A winner of the Nobel prize in literature and Anna Akhmatova’s
favorite student, he was a man of versatility and mystery. Brodsky lived in Russia and the United States. A great communicator who conversed
with geniuses and mediocrities with equal ease, he had fallen from favor with the power. The tragedy of his difficult life, and of the era
he lived in, is most fully reflected in his poetry.
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.