1C3 - July 4, 2014, 15:30, Cas Cinema
614 - July 9, 2014, 14:00, Grand Hall
9D4 - July 12, 2014, 18:30, Karlovy Vary Theatre

Colour, DCP
Russia, 2014, 141 min
Section: Horizons

Directed by: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Script: Oleg Negin, Andrey Zvyagintsev
Dir. of Photography: Mikhail Krichman
Music: Philip Glass
Designer: Andrey Ponkratov
Editor: Anna Mass
Producer: Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov
Production: Non-Stop Production
Sales: Pyramide Films
Distributor: Film Europe
Starring: Alexey Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, Vladimir Vdovitchenkov, Roman Madyanov

About the film

The new film by one of Russia’s most prominent contemporary filmmakers is set in the far northwest of the country, near the border with Finland. On the rocky shore stands the house where Kolia lives with his second wife and young son from a previous marriage. A dispute with the mayor of a nearby town, who wants to purchase the house and surrounding land, is supposed to be handled by a lawyer from Moscow, a childhood friend. Kolia’s determination to resist pressure from the speculator leads to tragedy. We are given a depressing image of the supremacy of modern Russia’s potentates, who are just as cynical and brutal as in the past – only the circumstances are different. The characters have little to hope for in their bleak lives, their destiny prefigured in the shots of the derelict seaport with its boat wrecks and in a whale skeleton protruding from the water. Nevertheless, the film gives over to moments of sarcasm and black humour, through which the screenplay by Oleg Negin and Andrey Zvyagintsev bluntly characterises a decaying system of government.

About the director

Andrey Zvyagintsev (b. 1964, Novosibirsk, USSR) studied acting at the Novosibirsk Drama School (1984) and also at Moscow’s GITIS (Russian University of Theatre Arts, 1990). As an actor he featured in several stage productions, and he has appeared in episodic roles in TV series and has also been cast in films, e.g. Shirli-Myrli (1995 – KVIFF 1996). He gave his debut as a director in 2003 with the feature film The Return (Vozvrashcheniye), which won the Golden Lion in Venice and was hailed as European Discovery of the Year in 2003. The lead in his next film The Banishment (Izgnanie) won Best Actor in the main competition at Cannes 2007. His subsequent films Elena (2011) and Leviathan (2014) also won awards at Cannes.

Andrey Zvyagintsev
Film Director

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