Director Emil Loteanu
Genre Drama, Musical, Romance
Country Soviet Union
|Release date 197520 October 1976 (Toronto Film Fest.)April 1979 (US)|
Writer Maxim Gorky (stories), Emil Loteanu
Gypsies Are Found Near Heaven (Russian: Табор уходит в небо, lit. "The gypsy camp goes to heaven"; also known as Queen of the Gypsies) is a 1975 Soviet romantic drama film by Emil Loteanu, loosely based on short stories ("Makar Chudra" and "Old Izergil") by Maxim Gorky. Set in early 20th century Austria-Hungary, the film tells a love story between the gypsy girl Rada and the horse thief Zobar of Gorky's early 1892 short story "Makar Chudra" (Russian: Макар Чудра).
One of the songs near the introduction of the film had become popular on YouTube as the "Gypsy Song".
It was the most attended movie in the Soviet Union in 1976, with 64.9 million tickets sold.
Two young proud gypsies Loiko (Grigore Grigoriu) and Rada (Svetlana Toma) fall in love but believe that family life is a ball and chain that would fetter their independence. The first time Loiko meets Rada is when he becomes wounded and she finds him and heals him. Then the horse thief and the beauty meet again when Loiko accompanies Bucha (Borislav Brondukov) from Rada's gypsy camp and comes into the camp itself, which is headed by old Nur (Mikhail Shishkov).
Local middle-aged landowner-nobleman Antol Siladi (Ion Sandri Scurea) also falls in love with Rada whom he meets during his walks through the city, but she rejects him in full view of her camp and the unfortunate amorous gentleman curses the young gypsy. The bold and lucky horse thief Loiko successfully steals a white mare as Rada wishes. However he incurs the wrath of the authorities who are preparing a raid in his encampment, and the proud and beautiful sister of Loiko – Rusalina (Nelli Volshaninova) makes resistance attempts. Loiko's father finally gives his son over to the gendarmes, who sent his friend Talimon (Pavel Andrejchenko) shortly before that to the master Balint (Vasyl Symchych) for the purpose of debt collection. Unfortunately Balint says that Loiko promised to come to the estate as it was previously understood, and his servant stabs the gypsy with forks in the stables.
Meanwhile local authorities sentence Loiko to death but nevertheless Loiko manages to escape his penalty although he ends up losing his friend Bubulia (Sergiu Finiti) who comes to his aid. The horse thief catches up with Rada's gypsy camp and presents the gypsy mare to her. Rada has fun with Loiko on the river bank and then spends the night with him during which she offers him grape juice.
At the end of the film Loiko, despite the gloomy predictions of the old gypsy healer comes accompanied by his old friend Aralambi (Nikolai Volshaninov) into Rada's camp and asks his blacksmith friend Makar Choudhra (Barasbi Mulayev) to act as an advocate of the wedding. Then, he completes his girlfriend's previous condition of their wedding - to kneel (which is humiliation for the Roma) in front of her with all encampment and then kills Rada and stands in front of her body on his knees. Father of Rada – the old soldier Danilo (Vsevolod Gavrilov) who was present at his daughter's murder, kills Loiko with a knife.
The film skillfully captures music and dancing. Songs such as "Malyarkitsa", "Dyves and rat", "Apple", "Nane tsoha" and others which were previously sung in the 1930s were chosen by composer Eugene Doga and sung anew by Roma theater performers from the Romen Theatre. Roma cameos in the film were played by actors of that theater and of the Moldavian film studio, and the role of the mayor and his entourage - the actors of the Lithuanian Film Studios because the episodes were filmed in the city of Vilnius and Kaunas, as the old architecture of these cities sometimes very similar to the Bessarabia town.