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Sonia (2007)

A story about passion, art and idealism. Sonia (Sofia) Dymshitz-Tolstaya survived Russia's Revolution, Stalin's purges, and personal tragedy to create the vibrant canvases that expressed ... See full summary »


Lucy Kostelanetz


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Credited cast:
Al Berr Al Berr ... Guerin / Ivan Bunin / Benedikt Livshitz / Anatolii Lunacharsky / Dmitri Tolstoy (voice)
Melinda Buckley Melinda Buckley ... B. M. Prileskaya-Barkaya / Nina Dymshitz (voice)
Corinne Demole-Schutz Corinne Demole-Schutz ... Natalia Krandievskaya (voice)
Lucy Kostelanetz Lucy Kostelanetz ... Self (voice)
Gardner McFall Gardner McFall ... Marianna Tolstaya (voice)
Amanda Olberg Amanda Olberg ... Marianna Tolstaya as a child (voice)
Peter Olberg Peter Olberg ... Leonid Fainberg / Velemir Khlebnikov (voice)
Joan Rosenbaum Joan Rosenbaum ... Galina Rokhlyna (voice)
Steve Schrader Steve Schrader ... Vladimir Mayakovsky / Igor Forsunov (voice)
Jane Sharp Jane Sharp ... Maria Shilovskaya (voice)
Scott Simmons Scott Simmons ... Nikolai Gumilyov (voice)
Richard Springle Richard Springle ... Alexei Tolstoy / Vladimir Lenin / Izvestiia Announce / Nikolai Punin (voice)
Mary Jane Terrell Mary Jane Terrell ... Elizabeta Dmitrievna (voice)
Maria Tucci ... Sonia (voice)
Steven Wishnoff ... Maximillian Voloshin / Vladimir Tatlin (voice) (as Stephen Wishnoff)


A story about passion, art and idealism. Sonia (Sofia) Dymshitz-Tolstaya survived Russia's Revolution, Stalin's purges, and personal tragedy to create the vibrant canvases that expressed her unquenchable spirit and captured the spirit of her times. Written by Judith Pearlman

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Portal to a time of Artistic passion and fervor
8 July 2011 | by tedjmcburnettSee all my reviews

This is a remarkable film about an Artist whose work and passionate ideology and fervor spanned tumultuous years of upheaval and chaos in Russia and Europe. I am speaking of the early years of the 20th Century, when Art, Politics and Religion were in the forefront of a seemingly endless wave of innovation, change and optimistic hope for the future. Director LUCY KOSTELANETZ has captured this brief spark of Revolution and Artistic passion for us in her documentary film, SONIA. The film tells this poignant story through the use of personal recollections, photo montage, real and imagined interviews and accounts of fervent idealism, passionate romance and quiet desperation. This biographical extravaganza will appeal to women, men and young people of all ages and will encourage them to seek further information about the lives and times of a remarkable group of artists and social Revolutionaries whose brief spark of hope and regeneration is still alive within us today. You will leave the viewing experience with a feeling of hope and a newly recharged curiosity about the illuminatingly transient and visually captivating paintings, drawings and other artwork of SONIA DYMSHITZ-TOLSTAYA [1886 - 1963].

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Release Date:

13 January 2007 (USA) See more »

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Moscow, Russia See more »


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$500,000 (estimated)
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