Marlen Khutsiev

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Marlen Martynovich Khutsiev (Russian: Марле́н Марты́нович Хуци́ев; 4 October 1925 – 19 March 2019[1]) was a Georgian-born Soviet and Russian filmmaker best known for his cult films from the 1960s, which include I Am Twenty and July Rain. He was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1986.[2]

Marlen Khutsiev
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Marlen Khutsiev in 2018
Born(1925-10-04)4 October 1925
Died19 March 2019(2019-03-19) (aged 93)
OccupationDirector, screenwriter
Years active1952–2019
Spouse(s)Irina Solovyova
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Khutsiev's father, Martyn Levanovich Khutsishvili (Georgian: მარტინ ლევანოვიჩი ხუციშვილი) (the family's original Georgian surname), was a lifelong Communist who was purged in 1937. His mother, Nina Mikhailovna Utenelishvili (Georgian: ნინა მიხაილოვნა უტენელიშვილი) was an actress. Khutsiev studied film in the directing department at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), graduating in 1952. He worked as a director at the Odessa film studio from 1952 to 1958, and worked full-time as a director at Mosfilm from 1965 onward.[citation needed]

Khutsiev's first feature film, Spring on Zarechnaya Street (1956), encapsulated the mood of the Khrushchev Thaw and went on to become one of the top box-office draws of the 1950s. Three years later, Khutsiev launched Vasily Shukshin "as a new kind of popular hero" by starring him in Two Fyodors.[3] His two masterpieces of the 1960s, however, were panned by the authorities, forcing Khutsiev into something of an artistic silence. In 1978, Khutsiev began teaching film directing master classes at the VGIK.[1])

His 1991 film Infinitas won the Alfred Bauer Prize at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival.[4]

Selected filmographyEdit

Year Title Notes
1956 Spring on Zarechnaya Street
1958 The Two Fedors
1965 I Am Twenty
1967 July Rain
1970 It Was in May
1984 Epilogue
1992 Infinitas

Honours and awardsEdit

  • Order of Merit for the Fatherland;
    • 2nd class (29 May 2006) for outstanding contributions to the development of national cinema and many years of creative activity
    • 3rd class (25 December 2000) for outstanding contribution to the development of cinema art
    • 4th class (9 April 1996) for services to the state, many years of fruitful work in the arts and culture
  • Order of Honour (5 October 2010) for outstanding contribution to the development of the domestic art of film and many years of creative activity
  • Order of the Badge of Honour (1975)
  • Jubilee Medal "In Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary since the Birth of Vladimir Il'ich Lenin" (1970)
  • People's Artist of the USSR (1986)
  • People's Artist of the RSFSR (1977)
  • State Prize of the Russian Federation (7 December 1993)
  • Special Prize of the Russian Federation President (12 June 1999) for outstanding contribution to the development of Russian cinema
  • "Golden Aries" award and winner of The Man Film of the Year (1995)
  • Prize of the city of St. Petersburg he is a living legend of the national cinema — V Festival Viva Cinema of Russia (1997)
  • Moscow Mayor's Award (1999) - a unique contribution to the development of culture in Moscow
  • National Award in the field of documentary film and television laurel branch for 2002 in the category for contribution to Cinema Chronicle
  • Triumph Award (2004)
  • Nika Award in the honour and dignity (2006)


  1. ^ a b "Умер режиссёр Марлен Хуциев". Vedomosti. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  2. ^ Peter Rollberg (2016). Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema. Rowman / Littlefield. p. 382. ISBN 978-1-442-26842-5.
  3. ^ Quoted from: Stalinism and Soviet Cinema, ed. by Richard Taylor, D. W. Spring. Routledge, 1993. p. 168.
  4. ^ "Berlinale: 1992 Prize Winners". Retrieved 27 May 2011.

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