Rus­sian film di­rec­tor of noted per­e­stroika-era film 'Lit­tle Vera' dead at 54

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

MOSCOW (CP) - Rus­sian news agen­cies say film di­rec­tor Vasily Pichul, whose gritty per­e­stroika-era movie “Lit­tle Vera” at­tracted in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion, has died at age 54. The 1988 movie caused a sen­sa­tion at home for sex scenes that were un­usu­ally re­veal­ing for gen­er­ally prud­ish Soviet cin­ema. It was also straight­for­wardly crit­i­cal of Soviet so­ci­ety and pro­vin­cial mores. Vera is both the lead char­ac­ter's name and the Rus­sian word for faith. The movie won Pichul awards at the Venice and Mon­treal film fes­ti­vals. He went on to di­rect other films as well as tele­vi­sion pro­grams. The re­ports said he died Sun­day, but no cause of death was stated.

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