Norilsk metallurgists became feature film heroes

Norilsk metallurgists became feature film heroes

September 13, 2021

In 1983, a motion picture shot in Norilsk was released on the big screens: Mosfilm's movie To the Friends directed by Vladimir Levin.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The film was billed as a social drama. Its main character came to the North to earn money and supported his little son, ex-wife, step-aunt. And the ‘friends’ in the name were graduates of the orphanage in which the hero had grown up.

Most of the picture was filmed on the streets of summer Norilsk, in a cafe. There were many production shooting made in the roasting and reduction shop of the Nickel plant. There, the hero protested against the formal attitude to safety and even liquidated an accident, being on vacation and coming to the shop with a suitcase and in a white raincoat.

The film To the Friends is associated with Norilsk due to human destinies. The main role was played by a young talented actor Alexander Solovyov – a Norilsk resident, a graduate of school №22. Perhaps that is why he played a young metallurgist so organically.

The film scriptwriter, Andrey Kuchaev, was not a Norilsk resident. But he had been sent to the northern city on a creative trip – as part of a group of young writers from the Molodaya Gvardiya publishing house. As a result, he gave birth to the satirical story Warm Place, which was published in the Norilsk literary collection Sixty-ninth Parallel. From it, in fact, the script for the production drama To the Friends grew.

In previous issues of the History Spot photo project, we talked about when the toponym ‘Oganer’ was first heard.

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Text: Svetlana Samohina, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive

September 13, 2021

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