Vasily Pichul


Age: 54

Summary: Russian film director whose gritty 1988 perestroika-era movie Little Vera attracted international attention and caused a sensation at home for sex scenes that were unusually revealing for generally prudish Soviet cinema, but it was also straightforwardly critical of Soviet society and provincial mores because Vera is both the lead character's name and the Russian word for faith (the movie won him awards at the Venice and Montreal film festivals), and who later directed other films and TV programs.

Cause of Death: Lung tumor

Born: June 15, 1961

Died: July 26, 2015

Moscow, Russia