Film­maker Bosdriesz inves­ti­gates the life history of his favourite Russian singer Leschenko and at the same time scru­ti­nises his own, unusual family history.
Over the years, film­maker Jan Bosdriesz collected curious souvenirs from various coun­tries that he cher­ishes. He wonders about their history. Among his favourite items are the Russian LPs by Pyotr Leschenko from the 1930s that he once inher­ited from his father. While Bosdriesz travels to Russia to learn more about the life of the singer whose music was forbidden in Soviet Russia, the turbu­lent history of the film­mak­er’s family is also addressed. During his trip, Bosdriesz talks to people who knew Leschenko. The film grad­u­ally unravels Leschenko’s life by means of inter­views, concerts, archive footage and a search through archives. In the back­ground, we hear Leschenko’s often tango-like love songs. Back home, Bosdriesz talks to his half sisters and unearths stories about his mother and her two husbands by means of photographs and recol­lec­tions. It turns out that the Bosdriesz history, too, abounds with rich, but tragic events.

Credits

Producer
Sound editing
Production company
SNG Film
TV company
NTR
Distributor NL
Cinema Delicatessen

Title: Zwarte ogen
Year: 2008
Duration : 1 hour, 37 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2008

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