Archive of films Day Watch / Dněvnoj dozor

2006, 132 min

Section: Midnight Screenings
Year: 2007

The age-old battle between Light and Dark continues. The balance between the so-called Others, who represent the two forces, has been upset by Yegor’s having turned to the powers of evil. His father Anton, a devotee of goodness, covers his steps. The situation is complicated by Svetlana the sorceress, for whom both men have affections. A gigantic battle is brewing over Moscow…


In this, the second part of the epic adaptation of Sergey Lukyanenko’s fantasy trilogy, the world is still being held together by a delicate balance between the forces of Light and Dark. The balance is maintained by so-called Night and Day Watches who see to it that the Treaty is observed. According to the Prophecy, the battle between good and evil will end with the coming of the man predetermined to become the Great Other. This is Yegor, who at the end of the last instalment gave in to The Dark. His father, Anton, tries to mask his son’s actions, which violate the Treaty. At the same time he is seeking the Chalk of Fate in order to rewrite fate and bring Yegor over to The Light. The future of the world also depends on the sorceress Svetlana, with whom both men are in love. When the Treaty is definitively broken, a gigantic battle breaks out over Moscow. The only escape is into the past… Day Watch connects the flashy style of Hollywood blockbusters with the traditional poetics of vampires, witches, and werewolves, and sets them in an environment of prefab suburbs and the Moscow Metro.

About the director

Timur Bekmambetov (b. 1961, Guryev, USSR) graduated in stage design from the State Theatre Institute in Tashkent (1987). In 1994 he debuted with the film Peshavar Waltz, which he made with Gennady Kayumov, and which won the Best Director Award at the Karlovy Vary IFF. He then filmed a series of commercials inspired by Russian history for the Imperial bank. Bekmambetov learned about the commercial side of the film market in the USA from director and producer Roger Corman. He capitalised on this knowledge in the film Night Watch (2004), the first part of a trilogy based on the books of Sergey Lukyanenko. Night Watch made a record $16 million in Russia, more than Spider-Man 2 or Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. In addition to the last part of Lukyanenko’s trilogy, Bekmambetov is currently working on the film The Irony of Fate 2, and also on his Hollywood debut Wanted.


Bontonfilm, a.s.
Na Poříčí 1047/26, 110 00, Praha 1
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 257 415 111
Fax: +420 257 415 113

Fox Searchlight Pictures UK
Twentieth Century House, 31/32 Soho Square, W1D 3AP, London
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 207 314 7005
Fax: +44 207 753 0112

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Midnight Screenings
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Screenplay: Timur Bekmambetov, Alexander Talal, Sergej Lukjaněnko / Sergey Lukyanenko
Dir. of Photography: Sergej Trofimov / Sergey Trofimov
Music: Jurij Potějenko / Yuri Poteyenko
Editor: Dmitrij Kiseljov / Dmitriy Kiselev
Producer: Konstantin Ernst, Anatolij Maksimov / Anatoliy Maksimov
Production: Tabbak Film Company
Cast: Konstantin Chabenskij / Konstantin Khabensky, Marija Porošina / Mariya Poroshina
Contact: Bontonfilm, a.s., Fox Searchlight Pictures UK


Marek Jeníček

Distributor, Producer

Aleš Danielis


Přemysl Martinek

Festival Organizer, Film Institution Rep.


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