Viy

Local title
Vii
Original title
Вий
Director
Konstantin Jeršov, Georgi Kropatšjov
Country
USSR
Year
1967
Festival
HÕFF 2022
Programme
HÕFF Retro
Genre
adapted screenplay

Getting lost, wandering home whilst on leave from his seminary, novice monk Khoma stays in the barn of an old woman. A scuffle breaks out. Later, he is summoned to stand and pray over a young dead woman, in the local church, for three nights. It is here that, while in the long, dark nights of the locked doors, the dead regain life, the souls of Hell taunt the young monk to near terrifying insanity, and the test of Faith will be as powerful as the witches, monsters and the mighty demon Viy who haunt his every step and bay for his very soul.

Based on the story of the same name by Nikolai Gogol, the film was the first Soviet-era horror film to be officially released in the USSR.

Director
Konstantin Jeršov, Georgi Kropatšjov
Screenwriter
Konstantin Jeršov, Georgi Kropatšjov, Aleksandr Ptuško
Cast
Leonid Kuravljov, Natalja Variel, Aleksei Glazõrin
DoP
Viktor Pištšalnikov, Fjodor Provorov
Music
Karen Hatšaturjan
Runtime
Language
Russian
Subtitles
English

Screenings

Retrosaal Haapsalu Kultuurikeskus
ScreeningVii
SubtitlesEnglish
Intro byMarju Kõivupuu
Trailer