OSCAR is the second part of a two-part project, “A ROAD OF MANY COLORS”, which tells the story of two Russian non-conformist artists, Valentina Kropivnitskaya and Oscar Rabin, who challenged the Soviet communist system in the 1960s and managed to prevail. Though they were expelled from the country, they forced the Soviets to change their stance about art and, having settled in Paris, managed to win international fame. Valentina passed away in 2008. Oscar, 88, lives and paints in Paris.
This love story and an art story is also a refugee success story.
The first part of the project, a movie “In Search of a Lost Paradise”, was finished in the fall of 2015. Shortly thereafter, the film was invited to numerous festivals. To date, it has received the following awards:
- NIKA Academy award, the most prestigious Russian National Cinema Award (Best Documentary, April 2016),
- Berlin Independent Film Festival (Best Documentary, February 2016),
- Moscow Human Rights Film Festival STALKER (Best Non-Feature Film, 2015),
- Russia Abroad International Film Festival, Moscow (Cinema Academy Award, 2015),
- Portsmouth International Film Festival (Best Documentary, 2015),
- Southampton International Film Festival (Best Editing, 2015).
The movie was also part of the competition program at Indian Cine Film Festival-15, Mumbai, India (Diploma of Excellence), Asia Pacific Screen Awards and Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival (Australia) and 5th Kolkata Shorts International Film Festival-2016 (India).
OSCAR is produced by the same crew which produced the first part of the project.