November 4, 2013, 7:30 P.M.

The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Outside the Box [Office], Kokbetel Film Company, Roskino, and the American Cinematheque, with the Participation of the Russian Cultural Ministry, and the Russian Foreign Ministry, invite you and a guest to a special screening of

A Long and Happy Life
(Dolgaya Schastlivaya Zhizn)

Directed by Boris Khlebnikov
Screenplay by Alexander Rodionov
and Boris Khlebnikov
Produced by Roman Borisevich
and Aleksandr Kushayev
Followed by a Q&A with Roman Borisevich
7:30 P.M. on Monday, November 4th, 2013
The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

63rd Berlin International Film Festival

Presented by Doors to Russian Cinema, taking place at the American Cinematheque from November 1st - 3rd, 2013.

About A Long and Happy Life (Dolgaya Schastlivaya Zhizn)

A young farmer named Sasha stands at the beginning of a new, happy life. The state is buying up land from small landowners. For Sasha, this is a chance to escape the potato farm he has grown tired of, and return to the city, taking along his beloved Anna (who happens to work as a clerk in the local land administration department). But once the deal is closed and the farm is doomed, the local villagers suddenly rise up in protest. They ask Sasha, the ‘boss’ of the farm, to protect them and to save the farm – the only means of subsistence in the village. Sasha is touched by the villagers’ eagerness to cast him in the role of leader and object of their love and hope. He tries his best to help the villagers. But when he puts the brakes on the transfer of the farm to the state, local offcials view it as a symptom of schizophrenia, and his girlfriend takes it as his refusal to share a life in the city with her. Sasha finds himself entangled in a web of passion, pride, and irreversible actions…

Provided courtesy of Koktebel Film Company. Not rated. Running time: 80 minutes. In Russian, with English subtitles.


Director's Statement

It all began when I watched, for the umpteenth time, the 1952 American Western High Noon. At some point, just for fun, I came up with a Russian version of the story. At first, I didn’t take it seriously. But for some reason, I gradually came to believe that I could really do this. I wanted to make a full-on, modern-day Western. We started to study the subject of the story. But as we began to visit farms, we fell in love with the idea, and naturally, the plot and the genre began to fall apart. We were deluged with observations that pulled the story in a completely different direction.

About Doors to Russian Cinema: Russian Film Premieres in Hollywood

November 1-3, 2013, at the Aero Theatre

Co-presented with Roskino, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, with the support of Aeroflot.

Vladimir Lenin once declared, "The cinema is for us the most important of all the arts," and the Soviet system fostered such master directors as Sergei Eisenstein and Andrei Tarkovsky - even as it imposed rigid censorship on their work. The collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s brought greater creative freedom, drawing Andrei Konchalovsky back after a stint making American hits like RUNAWAY TRAIN, and the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar for Nikita Mikhalkov’s BURNT BY THE SUN highlighted the renewed artistic potential for Russian cinema.

With a generation of directors like Andrey Zvyagintsev (THE RETURN) and Alexander Sokurov (THE RUSSIAN ARK) on the rise, it’s a revolutionary time for Russian film. Local audiences will turn out in great numbers for crowd-pleasers like the patriotic hockey drama THE LEGEND OF NO. 17, but homegrown hits now must compete in theaters with Hollywood blockbusters. With the inaugural edition of our Doors to Russian Cinema series, the American Cinematheque seeks to introduce Los Angeles audiences to some of Russia’s best new films.

Series includes THE THIRST, THE ROLE, THE GAME OF TRUTH and SOULLESS. Additional films will screen at AFI and the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

All films in Russian with English subtitles unless otherwise noted.

To learn more about DOORS TO RUSSIAN CINEMA, click here.

About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain.

To view the calendar of screenings, click here.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 7:00 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu