Dinara Asanova


Born: 24 November 1942 (Frunze/Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)
Died: 4 April 1985 (Murmansk, Soviet Union)

Dinara Asanova started to work in Kirgizfilm studio right in 1960s, in the team of Larisa Shepitko on film "Heat" / "Znoj". Short film "Rudolfio", based on the story by Valentin Rasputin gained her the diploma in directing on VGIK. Her first feature film "Woodpeckers Don't Get Headaches/Ne bolit golova u dyatla", made in Lenfilm studio, which she joined in 1974 ensured her the recognition among both, viewers and critics. In her films, she was focused upon the problems of adolescents, but also the other elements in the life of nowdays Soviet society. To achieve highly realistic dimension to her work, she combined professional and non-professional actors. Despite opened criticism of the social life in Soviet society, she has never been censored. Her most recognized and acclaimed works are: "The Key That Should Not Be Handed On/Klyuch bez prava peredachi" (1976), "Teenagers/Patsany" (1983) and "Dear, Dearest, Beloved, Unique.../Milyy, dorogoy, lyubimyy, edinstvennyy..." (1984).

FILMOGRAPHY (as director unless otherwise noted):

Deti razdorov, 1984; TV,
Dear, Dearest, Beloved, Unique.../ Milyj, dorogoj, lyubimyj, yedinstvennyj... ,1984;
Teenagers/ Patsany, 1983;
What Did You Choose?/ Chto by ty vybral?, 1981; TV,
The Useless Girl/ Nikudyshnaya, 1980; TV,
The Wife Has Left/ Zhena ushla, 1979;
Beda, 1977;
The Key That Should Not Be Handed On/ Klyuch bez prava peredachi, 1976;
Woodpeckers DOn't Get Headaches/ Ne bolit golova u dyatla, 1975;
Rudolfio, 1969;




Dinara Kuldashevna Asanova

Section: Arts

Biography: Asanova Dinara Kuldashevna is a famous Soviet film director. She was born in Kirghistan’s capitol, Bishkek. In 1970 she graduated from ВГИК in Moscow and completed her masters at Mikhail Romma and Alexander Stolpera’s. In 1974 she worked in the St. Petersburg film studio “Lenfilm.” In 1980 she was awarded with the honorable title of “Distinguished Artist of the Russian Federation.” She suddenly died in Murmansk during the filming of “Stranger.” She was buried in Bishkek in the Ala-Archinski Memorial Cemetery. In her 13 years at “Lenfilm,” Asanova produced 10 films and teleplays. During her career she was constantly involved in her work. After her death a total of 4 documentary films were made about her life. In 1965 Dinara was the female lead in the Kirghiz film “To Each His Own Road.” Asanova was a self-made woman. After she graduated from ВГИК, she understood that she could not realize her own potential in her motherland, which is why she moved to Leningrad. As the Leningrad film critic Alexander Pozdnyakov observed, Dinara, as a young Kirghiz woman, had a difficult transition period. She was determined to take Leningrad by storm. However, Asanova found herself in a male-dominated profession that was reluctant to hand over any position in the film industry over to a woman. Dinara Asanova is the best film director of Kirghiz birth because each consecutive film she produced was better than her first. What usually occurs that the best of a director’s work is filmed at the beginning of his creative genius, but Dinara constantly strived for perfection, and because of that, it appears to me that the unfinished “Stranger” would have reached that peak of creative ability. That thought is shared by many of her colleagues, as elegantly put by the famous director Algimantas Vidugiris, when he noted that Asanova may have led an extremely short life, but she left an indelible park in cinematography. She shook up cinematographers across the entire Soviet Union because Dinara ushered in a film era and people afterwards could not revert to traditional, simplified, and old-fashioned filming.

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