Directed by Larisa Shepit'ko
Written by Iosif Ol'shanskii, Irina Povolotskaia, and Larisa Shepit'ko. Cinematography by Iurii Sokol and Vladimir Arkhangel'skii. Music by Roman Ledenev. With Bolotbek Shamshiev, Nurmukhan Zhanturin, and Klara Iusupzhanova.
In Russian with English subtitles
Based on the story "Camel's
Eye" by Kirgiz writer Chingiz Aitmatov.
Larisa Shepit'ko (1938–1979) graduated from the All-Union State Filmmaking Institute in 1963. She always referred to Aleksandr Dovzhenko as her mentor. Heat is Shepit'ko's graduation project and first feature film. Her short film Homeland of Electricity (1967), from the story by Andrei Platonov, was shot as part of the portmanteau film The Beginning of an Unknown Century to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Russian Revolution. The film was banned for twenty years and was finally released only in 1987 during Gorbachev's perestroika. In the 1970s, strong religious symbolism dominates Shepit'ko's works, for example her 1976 picture The Ascent, which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Shepit'ko died in a car accident in 1979.