Worked on arthouse film 'Wild Field'

Mikhail Kalatozovishvili, the Georgian-born filmmaker and grandson of famous Russian Soviet-era director Mikhail Kalatazov, died of a heart attack Oct. 12 in Moscow. He was 50.

Kalatozovishvili’s 2008 arthouse film “Wild Field” was shown at festivals in Moscow, Marrakech and Cottbus, Germany.

Born in Tbilisi, Kalatozovishvili graduated from Moscow’s famous VGIK state film school and made his first film, “Mekhanic” based on a story by Andrei Platonov in 1981.

Less prolific than his famous grandfather — whose 1957 “The Cranes Are Flying” starring Tatyana Samoylova and Aleksey Batalov is considered one of the great classic Soviet war films — Kalatozovishvili won acclaim for the beauty of his film “Wild Field” about starstruck lovers struggling to find meaning in an isolated community on the Russian steppe.

The film won a Golden Eagle at the Russian national cinema awards and was voted best film of 2008 by Russian critics.

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