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Viy (VF)
Main screening room
October 18th, 2022
77 min

La scénariste et musicienne Marie-Douce St-Jacques propose un cycle consacré aux sorcières et leurs multiples métamorphoses dans une variété de genres et sous-genres, en tenant compte des revendications féministes actuelles qui commentent cette figure essentielle et mythique. Une table-ronde animée par Valérie Lefebvre-Faucher de la revue Liberté complétera ce cycle foisonnant.

Directed by
Georgi Krapachyov, Constantin Erchov
French version
Leonid Kuravlyov, Natalya Varley, Aleksey Glazyrin
77 min
Horror, drama, fantasy
35 mm

A young priest is ordered to preside over the wake of witch in a small old wooden church of a remote village. This means spending three nights alone with the corpse with only his faith to protect him. (IMDB)


Georgi Kropachyov

Georgiy Kropachyov was born on April 15, 1930 in Leningrad, RSFSR, USSR. He graduated from the architectural department of the Leningrad Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (class of E. Levinson) in 1954, and from the director's department of the Higher Courses for Scriptwriters and Directors (class of L. Trauberg) in 1967.He was a production designer and set decorator, known for Hard to Be a God (2013), Khrustalyov, My Car! (1998) and Garpastum (2005). He died on March 29, 2016 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Constantin Erchov

Constantin Erchov was a film director, actor and screenwriter born on July 17, 1935 in Chelyabinsk, RSFSR and died on December 28, 1984 in Kiev. After studying at the Faculty of Philology of Kiev State University until 1958, he worked as a set designer and actor in various theaters in Kiev, including the Lessia Ukrainka Academic Theater of Dramatic Art and Comedy from 1960 to 1964. In 1967, he graduated from the higher training courses for directors and scriptwriters in Moscow. Since 1968 he has been the director of the Alexander Dovzhenko Studios in Kiev. At Mosfilm Studios, where he worked in 1966 and 1967, he directed with Georgi Kropachev the film Vij, which was seen by 32.6 million viewers in the year of its release. He was a member of the Union of Filmmakers of Ukraine.


Viy (1967) - Film Reviews

The performances are broad and largely comic for the majority of the film. The supporting cast are a gallery of grotesques who look like they’ve stumbled out of a painting by Goya or Brueghel senior. But it’s on the technical level that Viy really stands out...

Viy (with Lars Henriks) - Movie Oubliette Podcast

Lars Henriks, filmmaker and host of the Mysterium Pictorum podcast, joins us to explore the first and possibly only horror film made in Russia during the Soviet era: Viy (1967)...

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