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In Love by Their Own Accord
Влюблён по собственному желанию

In an unlikely pairing, impoverished and drunken athlete, Igor, and smart but plain librarian Vera attempt to fall in love. Featuring stellar performances from Oleg Yankovsky and Yevgeniya Glushenko, the film captured international attention with its humour and depiction of late Soviet reality. A heartwarming exploration of the psychology of love and human connection, it gently probes at people’s capacity to change once understood.

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Awards and Festivals
Prize
Award Laurel
1983
33rd International Film Festival in West Berlin
Silver Bear
Award Laurel
1983
Best Actress awarded to Evgeniya Glushenko,
33rd International Film Festival in West Berlin
Award
Award Laurel
1983
O. Yankovsky named Best Actor of the Year,
"Soviet Screen" magazine
Main Prize
Award Laurel
1983
Feature Film Category,
16th All-Union Film Festival
Cast and Crew