Obyknovennoye chudo (1978)
aka An Ordinary Miracle
Summary: The plot is centered around the Wizard and his wife. The Wizard utters words, and we see them come to life - literally. He is dictating every move of this story, setting the pace and force of action. Creating a solid world by imagination, a world that stumbles upon his tired wife and wouldn't leave until set right.
The center of this imaginary world is a love story, a fairy tale of a bear turned into a man who has to be kissed by a princess to return to his true form. Zakharov handles this in a beautiful way. The love story is very romantic, yet never too sweet, accompanied with superb supporting characters of the King and his Minister Administrator, the very stars of the Soviet Russian cinema.