Harvest Time (film)

Harvest Time (Russian: Время жатв, romanizedVremya zhatvy) is a 2004 Russian drama film directed by Marina Razbezhkina. It was entered into the 26th Moscow International Film Festival.[1]

Harvest Time
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Film poster
Directed byMarina Razbezhkina
Produced byNatalia Zheltukhina
Written byMarina Razbezhkina
StarringLyudmila Motornaya
CinematographyIrina Uralskaya
Release date
  • 26 June 2004 (2004-06-26)
Running time
67 minutes


The film is set in a Chuvash village during the early 1950s. Antonina Guseva lives with her husband Gennadiy, a disabled war veteran, and two young sons, Vanya and Kolya. Narration (voice-over) is on behalf of Kolya. Antonina is the best combine operator of the district, and she is awarded with a transferable Red Banner (instead of the calico piece she desired). Mice spoil the banner, and Antonina has to not only continuously repair it, but also to win again in the Socialist emulation, so that the banner remains with her and the authorities do not notice the consequences of "diversionist activities" by the mice. Gennadiy becomes a drunkard and passes away.

The last scene is set in a city apartment of the times of perestroika. After the death of Antonina, who survived her sons, old furniture is taken out from the flat. On TV the film Guest from Kuban with a song about combine operators is transmitted. An unknown girl casually browses photos and things from the village house, which are about to go to the dump. She takes out a small piece of red velvet (everything that remains of the Red Banner), wraps her head with it and goes to the street.

Kolya's voice-over:

"You have abandoned our memory of you in such a way that you do not even return to our dreams"



  1. ^ "26th Moscow International Film Festival (2004)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 3 April 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2013.

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