Directed by Gleb Panfilov
Winner of the 1987
Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1987, Gleb Panfilov's daring
work, The Theme, was banned by Soviet authorities for eight years. Esenin
(Mikhail Ulyanov), a government-approved playwright, visits his native village for some
artistic rejuvenation and falls for a dynamic and brilliant but uncompromising young
artist, Sasa (Inna Churikova), who rejects his overtures. With Stansilav Lyubshin,
Evgeny Vesnik and Sergei Nikonenko. Russian with English subtitles.