The legendary Oleg Nikolaevitch Karavaychuk is the mysterious and moving subject of this loving film by the director Duque. He was moved by the music the pianist composed for a film by Kira Muratova and is the first foreigner to win the trust of the eccentric and still active 89-year-old Russian. Several biographical facts: Oleg Nikolayevich Karavaychuk (1927) played the piano for Stalin as a child prodigy, attended the Leningrad Conservatory and in the course of his career primarily wrote music for theatre and film – for instance, for Paradjanov and Muratova. In Russia, he is admired for his music and his playing, but also for his unique and eccentric personality. At the age of 89, Karavaychuk is still a controversial and puzzling figure in Russian culture. Catalan première
Q&A WITH THE DIRECTOR
* Festivals and awards
Punto de Vista Grand Prize in Navarra / Special Mention and Best Original Score in Cinéma du Réel / Rotterdam / Film Society of Lincoln Center / Play-doc
Winner of the award:
Duque’s work is located on the periphery of Spanish non-fiction with a strong documentary and essay character. He has been awarded in festivals or prizes such as Punto de Vista, Cinéma du Réel, Dokufest, Goya Awards or D’A, where he won the Talents award for Oleg y las raras artes. His work has also been seen in cultural centers such as the Reina Sofía Museum, MACBA, or Hermitage of Saint Petersburg. He is one of the leading filmmakers at D’A, where he has presented most of his films.
Filmography: Medea (short film, 2023, D'A 2023), Karelia: International with Monument (2019, D'A 2019), Oleg y las raras artes (2016, D'A 2016), Una película recordada (short film, 2015), Las manos de Nastasia (short film, 2015), Primeros Síntomas (short film, 2015), Ensayo final para utopía (2012, D'A 2012), Color perro que huye (2011), No es la imagen es el objeto (short film, 2009), All You Zombies (short film, 2008), La constelación Bartleby (short film, 2007), Landscapes in a Truck (short film, 2006), Paralelo 10 (short film, 2005), Iván Z (short film, 2004)