Flügel (Krylya)

USSR 1966, Feature film, 85' | Director Larisa Schepitko | DoP Igor Slabnevich | Screenplay Walentin Jesow, Larissa Schepitko | Editor L. Lysenkova | Sound Roman Ledenjov | Production Goskino | Distribution Arsenal - Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V.

Kryl’ja is a character study about a woman who used to be a much-decorated fighter pilot and now leads a quiet and unfulfilled life as an unmarried headmistress. Although she enjoys a high social standing, she gets into trouble with those around her because of her strictness and inaccessibleness. The main role is played by the impressive Maja Bulgakova. With elegant and economical images, along with a calm narrative rhythm, Larissa Schepitko sets off in search of the reasons why her protagonist behaves as she does, and exposes the secret of her yearning. With Kryl’ja, Schepitko established herself in 1966 as an important new voice of Soviet cinema.


Larisa Schepitko is an icon of Soviet cinema of the 60s and 70s. Kryl’ja was her first film after graduating from the Moscow Film School (VGIK). Voschoždenie (Ascent) (1977) brought her international acclaim and a Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1977. Her career ended tragically when she was killed in a car accident, aged only 40. Larissa Schepitko was not able to finish making Prošžanie (Farewell to Matyora). She had already written the script for it, and the film was completed by her husband Elem Klimov, and today is considered one of the great masterpieces of Soviet cinema.

Larisa Schepitko
Feature Film
Focus: Freedom