When the women of Russia long for a strong shoulder, this is the shoulder of Sergei Puskepalis

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Peter Kavinsky

Director and actor died tragically aged 59

A picture: Boris KUDRYAVOVE

Among directors and especially actors, there are many nervous people, ready to flare up from an accidental spark like gunpowder. What to do: A person of art should feel stronger than you and me – ordinary people. Actors often live inside out, with their nerves exposed. Many consciously cultivate within themselves the ability to jingle like a string at any moment. Unavoidable Side Effects: It’s easy to pass for a psychopath and become depressed.

Sergey Puskepalis was not like that at all. Together with him came monolithic reliability and good strength in the frame. He just filled the frame with himself, as if doing nothing for it, without frowning. And everywhere ideas and meanings blossomed naturally. Playing the hero of a story in such a way that you are believed and believed from the first second to the credits, while remaining yourself is the best performing aerobatics available to very, very few performers, even the most famous and prominent artists. He played the tragedy of his character in the movie “How I Spent This Summer”, the drama of a tired doctor in “Simple Things” without uttering a single pathetic and noisy monologue.

As a theater director, he got into the cinema by accident: his son Gleb played in Alexei Popogrebsky’s Koktebel, Puskepalis took him to the shooting, met the director, he called him to his next film (it was just “How I Spent This Summer”) … The success was resounding: Puskepalis became known as the star of the Russian art house, glossy magazines fought for the right to drag him on the cover. And until his death, he regarded his acting as indulgence, good hooliganism, a kind of recreation.

He himself made only one film – “The Clinch” by Slapovsky, his favorite playwright. There is a lot of technical production in the filming process – he wanted pure art. And he found his place in the provincial Yaroslavl, in the first drama theater in the history of Russia, becoming its artistic director. Although he could only perform in the capital, where he was welcome and where he continued to work as a guest director on various stages. He loved the province more: in his youth he traveled all over the country – he performed it in Ufa, than anywhere else.

And great Russia fell in love with him for his roles in the series “Owl Cry” and especially “And in our garden”. With his reputation as a festival film actor, Puskepalis stepped into the light genre without hesitation. Because he was interested. His innate reliability came in handy more than ever – when Russian women crave a strong shoulder, this is Sergei Puskepalis’ shoulder. He was offered en masse to play small roles, heroic majors first, then lieutenant colonels and colonels. And he did not refuse. And he only joked that, along with the burden of recent years, these heroes of his are growing in ranks.

It was easy and pleasant to interview him: he answered simply and humanely, without boasting, did not insist on his intellect. It didn’t feel the pretense to greatness, common for successful creative people. He knew something about the river of life that allowed him to swim along it easily, with dignity and pleasure.

With his Bulgarian-Lithuanian origin, with his surname, he was an exclusively Russian person, who spoke about traditional values, a certain environmental friendliness of the Russian soul – and without the slightest aggression against supporters of other, say, concepts. The same is often said in ‘political’ talk shows, but how differently he did it.

He died a simple Russian: he crashed not in an expensive premium car, but in a budget minibus. He left so early, in the prime of his boundless powers, but managed to leave us simple, understandable and very important words: “Whatever happens, life itself is more interesting and diverse than our attitude towards it. Life is a wonderful thing, in which there is a place for everything.

Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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