Osenniy marafon (1979)


Osenniy marafon (1979)

Andrey Pavlovich Buzykin, who makes a living by teaching at an institute and translating English literature, is cheating on his wife. Buzykin's main problem is that he's a kind man with a weak character. The lies he is telling his wife all the time are inconvincing, but he never has the courage to tell her the truth. His lover, Alla, is aware of his family life, but gets offended when, for example, he cannot meet her so that he doesn't come home late, or when he doesn't want to go home in a new jacket she gives him to avoid having to explain to his wife. Alla and Nina, Andrei's wife, both leave him, forgive him, and return to him at the same time, and Andrei continues with this kind of life, full of suffering and deceit. Finally, both women are so fed up with his lies that they don't believe him even when he is telling the truth...
Soviet Union
IMDb   7.9 /10
TheMovieDb    7.5 /10
FilmAffinity   6.8 /10
Director Georgiy Daneliya
Writer Aleksandr Volodin
Writer Georgiy Daneliya
Release Date1979-11-22
Runtime1h 30min
GenreComedy, Drama, Romance
Content Rating
AwardsAwards4 wins
CountrySoviet Union
Andrey Buzykinas Andrey Buzykin
Nina Buzykinaas Nina Buzykina
Alla Ermakovaas Alla Ermakova
Vasiliy Kharitonovas Vasiliy Kharitonov
Bill Hansenas Bill Hansen
Uncle Kolyaas Uncle Kolya
Varvara Nikitichnaas Varvara Nikitichna
Elena Buzykinaas Elena Buzykina
Accident Defenderas Accident Defender
Evgeniy Ptashukas Evgeniy Ptashuk
Dmitri Matveyev
Dmitri Matveyev
Viktoras Viktor
Shershavnikovas Shershavnikov
Georgiy Veriginas Georgiy Verigin
Vladimir Pozhidayev
Vladimir Pozhidayev
Accident Driveras Accident Driver
L. Ivanova
L. Ivanova
G. Semyonov
G. Semyonov
Evdokimovas Evdokimov
Vladimir Firsov
Vladimir Firsov
Student Lifanovas Student Lifanov
Rene Khobua
Rene Khobua

Autumn Marathon

Autumn Marathon (Russian: Осенний марафон, romanized: Osenniy marafon) is a 1979 Soviet romantic comedy-drama, a winner of 1979 Venice Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival and 1980 Berlin Film Festival awards in the best director and best actor categories. It was also selected as the Soviet entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 52nd Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.

It starred Oleg Basilashvili as Andrei Bouzykine, a married English-to-Russian translator in Leningrad who is going through a mid-life crisis and struggling to stand up for himself in his tangled relationships with his wife, mistress, neighbors, and co-workers. The cast included such notable Soviet performers as Yevgeny Leonov, Natalya Gundareva, Marina Neyolova, Borislav Brondukov, Nikolai Kryuchkov, and Galina Volchek. It was directed by Georgiy Daneliya.


  • Oleg Basilashvili as Andrey Pavlovich Buzykin
  • Natalya Gundareva as Nina Yevlampyevna Buzykina
  • Marina Neyolova as Alla Mikhaylovna Yermakova – Buzykin's Mistress
  • Yevgeny Leonov as Vasily Ignatyevich Kharitonov – Buzykin's Neighbour
  • Norbert Kuchinke as Bill Hansen, Danish Professor
  • Nikolai Kryuchkov as Uncle Kolya, Alla's Neighbour
  • Galina Volchek as Varvara Nikitichna
  • Olga Bogdanova as Yelena – Buzykin's Daughter (as O.Bogdanova)