Archive of films Caucasian Roulette / Kavkazskaja ruletka
2002, 83 min
Section: East of the West - Competition
A train station bears the inscription “Welcome to Hell.” Two women sneak onto a Moscow-bound train. Sniper Anna, the wife of a field commander, is escaping Chechnya to be with her child. Marie is vainly trying to liberate her son out of Chechen captivity. The merging of their interests and lives exposes the absurdities of the Chechen War.
Another attempt to express the absurdity of the Chechen War. The simple plot, which unfolds in a train’s mail car, is infused with the atmosphere of omnipresent social and moral devastation. Raised in a children’s home, Anna married a Chechen out of love. The two of them are snipers willing to shoot her fellow countrymen for dollars. Earlier she sent her newborn child off to Russia; now she is fleeing there to escape persecution. On the train she meets Marie whose son is in Chechen captivity; she suspects that Marie will try to force her to return in exchange for her son’s liberation. The cruelty of this confrontation, its fear and uncertainty are reflected in an unmerciful psychological struggle in which each defends her own interests. A greedy and cynical conductor is another player in this game, and he callously takes advantage of his stowaways’ situation. The constant external threat aggravates the tense emotionality and asperity of the triad’s incompatibility. Life and death are here interrelated, good is conditioned by evil, and the film heads towards a tragic climax.
About the director
Fyodor Popov graduated in production from Moscow’s VGIK film school (1979), then studied direction under Sergei Solovyov and Valery Rubinchik. He gradated with the feature-length documentary Geydar Alyev (Gejdar Alijev, 1998). He has worked with a number of important directors (Andrei Konchalovsky, Gleb Panfilov, Sergei Solovyov, Nikolay Dostal) and now produces features and television movies. He also produced his debut Caucasian Roulette (2002). He is currently director of Krug Film Studios.
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Section:||East of the West - Competition|
|Screenplay:||Viktor Merežko / Victor Merezhko, Alla Surinová / Alla Surina|
|Dir. of Photography:||Lomer Akhvlediani|
|Music:||Andrej Golovin / Andrei Golovin|
|Editor:||Natalija Kučerenková / Natalia Kucherenko|
|Producer:||Fjodor Popov / Fyodor Popov, Alexandr Kotělevskij / Alexander Kotelevsky|
|Cast:||Nina Usatovová / Nina Usatova, Taťjána Mešerkinová / Tatyana Mescherkina, Anatolij Gorjačev / Anatoly Goryachev, Sergej Garmaš / Sergei Garmash|