Sofya Kovalevskaya (1985 film)

Sofya Kovalevskaya (1985 film)

Infobox Film | name = Sofya Kovalevskaya

caption =
director = Ayan Shakhmaliyeva
producer =
writer = Boris Dobrodeyev
starring = Elena Safonova Aristarkh Livanov Algimantas Masyulis Lembit Ulfsak Elena Solovey Aleksandr Filippenko
music = Isaak Shvarts
cinematography = Sergei Yurizditsky
editing =
distributor = Gosteleradio, USSR.
released = April 1985, USSR.
runtime = 220 min
country = USSR
language = Russian
imdb_id = 0264950

"Sofya Kovalevskaya" (Russian: "Софья Ковалевская") is a 1985 film, directed by Ayan Shakhmaliyeva and starring Elena Safonova.


Epic film in four episodes, based on a true story of mathematician scientist Sofya Kovalevskaya. She was a Russian pioneer for women in Tzarist Russia. She was the first woman in the country to become a Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. It seemed that the whole world was against her accomplishing this feat. In spite of all the obstacles she later got a Ph. D. in mathematics. However she was denied a professorship at any Russian University because of her gender. She had to go to Western Europe for continuation of her career and studies. She had a daughter and family life. Sofya Kovalevskaya was eventually recognized in Russia. Leading scientists, like Academician Ivan Sechenov, took part in her education and career.


Film was produced by Gosteleradio state production company of the Soviet Union with the production crew of Ekran Studios, Moscow., Filming dates were in 1984 and 1985. Post-production was completed by Ekran studios, and at postproduction facilities of Lenfilm studios in St. Petersburg in the spring of 1985.

Filming locations

Most scenes were filmed in St. Peterburg, Russia, where Sofia Kovalevskaya started her career in science. Some scenes of Western European cities were filmed in Baltic states. Scenes of Sofia Kovalevskaya as a student were filmed at St. Petersburg University.

Main cast

*Elena Safonova as Sofya Kovalevskaya
*Aristarkh Livanov
*Natalya Sayko
*Algimantas Masyulis
*Lembit Ulfsak
*Aleksandr Filippenko
*Yelena Arzhanik
*Yelena Solovey
*Yuri Solomin
*Petr Shelokhonov as Academician Ivan Sechenov
*Vladimir Letenkov
*Stanislav Landgraf
*Vida-Vaiva Maynelite
*Yelena Arzhanik
*Nikolai Kryukov

Comments and connections

* This was the first leading role for actress Elena Safonova before she became an international film star.
* Premiered on the National TV of the Soviet Union in April 1985.

External links

*imdb title|title=Sofya Kovalevskaya|id=0264950

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