Larisa Shepitko, an icon of Soviet cinema
Larisa Shepitko was a Soviet film director, screenwriter and actress. She graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1963 with her prize winning diploma film Heat.
Larisa was born on January 6, 1938 in Artyomovsk, USSR.
In 1966 Shepitko created her next film Wings about a female fighter pilot of World War II.
Larisa’s third film You and I (1971) was her only color film. It was favorably received at the Venice Film Festival.
The Ascent (1976) was her last film and the one which garnered the most attention in the West. The action took place during World War II. Two of the partisans are captured by the Nazis and then interrogated by a local collaborator.
The Ascent won the Golden Bear at the 27th Berlin International Film Festival in 1977.
In 1978 Larisa was a member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1978.
Shepitko’s career was cut tragically short when she died in a car crash outside of Leningrad in 1979. Road accident happened when Larisa with four members of her shooting team were scouting locations for her planned adaptation of the novel Farewell to Matyora, by Valentin Rasputin. Her husband Elem Klimov finished the work for her.
She was on her way to becoming a major figure of postwar Soviet cinema.
In 1980 her husband made a documentary Larisa as a loving tribute to his wife and partner.
In 1963 Larisa married her fellow VGIK student Elem Klimov (director of the war film Come and See 1985). Larisa gave birth to their son Anton in 1971.