My Father Evgeni

Festivals and Awards

From 1961 through 1979 Evgeni Zagdansky was editor-in-chief of the Kiev Popular Science Film Studio.

From 1981 through 1992 his son, a film director, Andrei worked in the same film studio.

In 1992 Andrei along with his family left Kiev and settled in New York.

Evgeni stayed behind.

Evgeni's letters to Andrei and Andrei's narrative of father's life intertwine in the multi-layered fabric of the film creating a portrait of the man, his epoch and a self-portrait of the auteur.

Dir. Andrei Zagdansky, D/P Vladimir Guyevsky. Kiev, October 2009.

* New York Jewish Film Festival, Lincoln Center, 2012

* 2nd DOC NYC New York Documentary Film Festival, 2011

* 8th International Festival "Jewish Eye" Ashkelon, Israel, 2011

* 14th Istanbul International 1001 Documentary Film Festival, 2011

* 51st Krakowski Festival Filmowy,
Krakow, 2011

* Documenta Madrid 11, Madrid, 2011

* Docudays, Kiev, 2011

* National Award "Laurel Branch" for the Best Documentary, Moscow, 2010

* ArtDocFest, Moscow, 2010

* 23rd IDFA, Amsterdam, Program Reflecting Images: Masters'  2010


George Robinson:

...“My Father Evgeni,” a smart, impressionistic documentary about the passage of historical time as experienced by father and son. Using a cleverly thought out combination of archival footage, family movies and films from his father’s studio, bracketed by haunting footage of the now deserted corridors of that film factory, Andrei traces his family’s and his nation’s complicated, fractured history. Working with the play of textures that he gets by juxtaposing and manipulating the various film stocks, the director creates a dialectic of time — his father always speaking and thinking about the future, the son always dredging up the past — and the hurt of exile, that is both moving and smart. More...

Joe Bendel:

...once Zagdansky gets into the rhythm of it, the film is a parade of striking images. War, famine, and propaganda campaigns all factor prominently, but sometimes the little details are the most telling, like the frequently changing street names, ever reflecting the political tenor of the times. More...

Jeff Reichert:

My Father Evgeni, ...a simple tale of a father and son made up of few elements: archival footage tracing the rise and fall of the Soviet state; lushly photographed images of New York, present-day Kiev and an abandoned film studio; family video; some letters from father to son read aloud that push the narrative along. These pieces are woven into a pleasurably drifting biographical tale that spans decades in the lives of Evgeni and Andrei. It’s supremely personal but thankfully never maudlin. I especially appreciated how Zagdansky presents each new piece of newsreel, and in voiceover offers commentary: “Here, I was X years old.” The filmmaker is not in the frame, these aren’t home movies, at least not exactly. His choice of syntax highlights the complicated familial relationship to images (both the deceased father and son were filmmakers) and history (and images and history to each other) that runs throughout the film. Its low-key aesthetics are decidedly unfashionable, but I enjoyed its reverie-inducing spell all the more for it...More.

Olga Sherwood: 

I was personally impressed with Zagdansky’s work more than any other I saw at “Artdocfest”. It is... a perfect combination of the general, the external, the socio-political, and the deeply personal, showing the relations of the family and the attitudes of the son. It is, in a word, poetry. More...

Key credits 

Conceived, directed, 
edited and narrated
by Andrei Zagdansky 
Evgeni Zagdansky letters 
read by Alexander Gelman 
Vladimir Guyevsky
Sound design/mix
Boris Peter
Sound effects editing
Andrei Rogachev
Story editor
Victoria Bondar
Narration Coach
Peter Rofe

Svetlana Zinovyeva
Andrei Zagdansky
Gleb Sinyavsky
AZ Films Llc 
with participation of 
Inspiration Films 
74 min., HDCAM, color and b/w, stereo 
© 2010 AZ Films LLC


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