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Director  Vladimir Tarasov
Screenplay  Aleksandr Kostinskiy
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Country  Soviet Union
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Animation, Short, Sci-Fi
Cinematography  Kabul Rasulov
Writer  Aleksandr Kostinskiy
Contact (1978 film) movie poster
Release date  1978 (USSR)
Music director  Nino Rota, George Gershwin
Similar movies  Paperman, Pacific Rim, Home Makeover, The Artist, Get a Horse!, Presto

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Contact or Kontakt (Russian: Контакт) is an award-winning 1978 Soviet animated short film.

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Plot

A painter leaves the town and walks around countryside. While he is resting on the grass, humming the melody of Speak Softly Love, a large spaceship lands near him. An alien exits the spaceship, photographs the environment and tries to contact the painter by changing his appearance to resemble nearby animals and objects and by touching him. The painter is frightened and tries to run away, but becomes tired, falls from a cliff and lies on the ground, imagining that the alien is going to lock him in a cage and torture him. The alien approaches the painter and tries to hum the same melody that the painter hummed earlier, but makes some mistakes. The painter understands that the alien is friendly, teaches him the correct melody, and they walk away together hand in hand.

The film has no dialogue in any language. All communication is made using music, gestures and gazes; the alien also tries to communicate by shapeshifting. Director Vladimir Tarasov explored this theme of universal communication in his other films; he considered animation "the Esperanto of all mankind".

Influence and recognition

Even though The Godfather films were not distributed in the Soviet Union, the theme music was familiar to Soviet people thanks to this short film.

Contact received awards at the following festivals:

  • XVIII Festival of science fiction films in Trieste, 1979
  • VIII Festival of short and documentary films in Lille, 1979
  • References

    Contact (1978 film) Wikipedia
    Contact (1978 film) IMDb Contact (1978 film) themoviedb.org


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