Sergei Solovyov, director (Russia)
Sergei Solovyov is a prominent Russian film director, screenwriter, producer and national artist. According to critics, an important role in the director’s impressive start in cinema was played by the fact that one of the main focuses of Solovyov’s work is “the gentle age” between 12 and 25 years. Dedicated to this bright period in a person’s life are his films One Hundred Days After Childhood (1975, winner of the Silver Berlin Bear for Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival), The Rescuer (1980, recipient of a Special Jury Citation at the Venice Film Festival), Direct Heiress (1982), as well as Wild Pigeon (1986, winner of the Grand Special Jury Prize in Venice). His biggest fame, however, came about as a result of the trilogy Three Songs for the Homeland - Assa (1987, Special Award of the Jury in San Sebastian), Black Rose is an Emblem of Sorrow, Red Rose Is an Emblem of Love (1989) and House Under the Starry Skies (1991).