Archive of films Ragin / Ragin
Russia / Austria
2004, 93 min
Section: East of the West - Competition
The film is based on motifs from Chekhov’s story "Ward 6" about a provincial doctor named Andrei Ragin who ends up among his psychiatric patients. It tells of the circumstances, causes and course of the gradual breakdown of his personality, and of the mentality of the Russian intelligentsia at the beginning of the 20th century.
The film is based on motifs drawn from Chekhov’s story “Ward 6,” with a plot situated in a provincial town at the beginning of the 20th century. A loner named Andrei Ragin is head doctor at the local hospital. Evenings, he kills time reading specialized literature. He is fascinated by a paper on the treatment of psychosis by a Viennese psychiatrist, and he imagines the session described therein. His attempt to apply the practice fails because of the incompetence of the staff. He consoles himself for the failure in debates with a teacher who is avoiding forced labour by living among psychopaths. The man’s aggressive philosophy and growing distrust of his colleagues spark Ragin’s imagination, and morbid visions foretell the breakdown of his personality.... In harmony with Chekhov, the director highlights the pernicious nature of the traditional ailment of the Russian intelligentsia, one susceptible to exchanging activity for idle chitchat and to replacing the lack of their own thoughts with the citations of others’.
About the director
Kirill Serebrennikov (b. 1969) graduated in math and physics from Rostov University (1992) and from a course in theatre direction at Moscow’s National Academy of Theatrical Arts (GITIS). He then worked as a writer, director, and moderator for the TV stations Don-TV and ATV in Moscow, where he shot music videos, entertainment programmes, made-for-TV movies and popular series. He took and at TEFI-99, the top domestic TV awards ceremony, for the TV film Naked (Razdetye, 1997) and the documentary Secrets of a Thunderstorm (Tainy grozy, 1997). He earned renown in the theatre with productions of Plasticine (Plastelin), Terrorism (Terrorizm), Some Explicit Polaroids (Otkrovennye polaroidnye snimki), Sweet Bird of Youth (Sladkogolosaya ptitsa yunosti), The Petty Bourgeoisie (Meshchane), and others. For these he received the theatre awards Seagull (Chaika) and Triumph, the award of the Oleg Tabakov Foundation. Ragin (2005) is his film debut.
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About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Section:||East of the West - Competition|
|Dir. of Photography:||Artur Gimpel|
|Music:||Aleksej Ajri/Aleksei Airi|
|Editor:||Kirk von Heflin|
|Producer:||Aleksej Guskov/Alexei Guskov, Dennis Kraus, Kurt Stocker|
|Cast:||Aleksej Guskov/Aleksei Guskov, Aleksandr Galibin/Alexander Galibin, Dmitrij Muljar/Dmitri Muliar, Agrippina Steklova, Natalja Nikulenko/Natalia Nikulenko|