by Steven Gaydos.
Nearly 50 years after directing his debut feature, “The First Teacher,” Russian maestro Andrei Konchalovsky returns to the Venice Film Festival competition for the fifth time as director with “The Postman’s White Nights.”
No stranger to major film fest red carpets, Konchalovsky first saw the Venice spotlight as a screenwriter on legendary Russian auteur Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Ivan’s Childhood,” which won the Venice Gold Lion in 1962.
He also was a screenwriter on Tarkovsky’s “Andrei Rublev” (1966) which competed at Cannes, as did Konchalovsky’s “Siberiade,” which scored the Grand Jury Prize in Cannes in 1979.
But despite all of the accolades and the decades of filmmaking experience under his belt, on the phone from Moscow Konchalovsky sounds as energized and excited about filmmaking as if he were just starting out, which, he explains, isn’t too far from the truth.
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