Written by Grigory Kanovich
Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia
Rimas Tuminas' adaptation of two novels by fellow Lithuanian, Grigory Kanovich, is a dreamy, ruminative, comedic road trip, centering around the parlous fortunes of Eastern European Jews at the start of the 20th century. A period piece that carries a modern conscious, Smile Upon Us, is a Becket-like "Waiting for Jehovah" that has garnered rave reviews during its recent runs in both London and New York, and promises to be just as memorable on the big screen. Featuring three towering figures from the Russian stage, Viktor Sukhorukov, Aleksei Guskov and Vladimir Simonov.
Translation: English subtitles
Running time: 190 minutes (includes one 15 minute intermission).
About the Director: A recipient of the State Prize of the Russian Federation, the National Prize of Lithuania, a Golden Mask Award and the Order of Friendship for his major contribution to the development of cultural ties with the Russian Federation, Rimas Tuminas is undeniably one of the most decorated stage directors in Russia today. His works have been presented across the globe from Shanghai to New York, and since taking over as Artistic Director at Moscow's Vakhtangov Theatre, he has transformed the legendary theatre into a venue of must-see events. His productions of Eugene Onegin, Uncle Vanya and Smile Upon Us, Lord have all garnered rave reviews and has earned praise from fellow artists, including Ralph Feinnes, who considers Tuminas' Uncle Vanya to be" his "favorite performance, a performance of his heart."
Efraim Dudak – Vladimir Simonov
Šmulé-Sender Lazarek – Aleksei Guskov
Avner Rosenthal – Viktor Sukhorukov
The She-goat – Yulia Rutberg
“The Palestinian” – Pavel Popov; Grigory Antipenko
Yudl Krapivnikov – Alexander Ryshchenkov
Rabbi Aviézer – Alexei Kuznetsov; Eugeny Fedorov
Khloyne-Genekh – Victor Dobronravov
Joselé the Gypsy – Vladislav Gandrabura; Vitalys Semenovs
Khasya – Olga Chipovskaya
Nekhama – Oksana Surkova
Feiga – Lidiya Konstantinova
Two girls, traveling companions of Judl Krapivpikov – Tatyana Kazuchit
The Guard – Yryi Polyak
Residents of the village of Miškiné – Viktor Zozulin, Evgeny Karelskih, Anatoliy Menshchikov, Agnessa Peterson, Eugeny Fedorov, Alexei Kuznetsov
“Rogues”, wolves, recruits – Aleksey Gimmelyreyh, Maria Rival, Anastasiya Zdanova, Yryi Polyak, Vitalys Semenovs, Vladimir Shulyev, Pavel Yudin, Yana Sobolevskaya, Aleksandr Gorbatov, Tanyana Polosina, Oksana Surkova, Eugeny Pilugin, Artem Parhomenko, Asya Domskaya, Olga Borovskaya
Director - Rimas Tuminas
Set Design and Costumes - Adomas Jacovskis
Music - Faustas Latenas
Lighting Designer - Maya Shavdatuashvili
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