Milan Maric? and Anton Shagin, center, in a scene from Alexey German Jr.'s "Dovlatov," screening in competition at the Berlinale
Photo © SAGa Films, courtesy of the Berlinale
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Russian director Alexey German Jr., whose biopic "Dovlatov," about the 20th century writer Sergei Dovlatov, is premiering at Berlin's film festival, told Reuters his country's biggest tragedy was that it always seems to be in a pre-war state.Dovlatov is one of 19 movies at the Berlinale vying for the prestigious Golden and Silver Bears.German Jr. said while his work had never been censored, he had experience of tightly controlled conditions because his father's 1971 film "Trial on the Road" about World War Two was banned in the Soviet Union for 15 years.German Jr., 41, had aspired to make a film about Dovlatov ever since his twenties but spent almost 15 years working out how to make a movie that did justice to the illustrious writer.
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