Archive of films Horror Which Is Always with You / Užas, kotoryj vsegda s toboj

2007, 104 min

Section: East of the West - Competition
Year: 2007

The routine co-existence of lecturer Varzumov and philologist Lera is turned upside-down by a commando which, in order to fulfil a secret mission, takes over their flat. The intractability of the situation becomes evident in the strange harmony of the “higher interests” of both the representatives of power and the Church, who introduce a phantasmagorical quality to the fickle nature of social reality.


The psychologist Varzumov and philologist Lera, demoralised by the lax attitude of their students, live near a newly restored church. Their routine co-existence is suddenly turned upside-down by the appearance of a commando which takes over their flat. After futile efforts to expel the intruders from their home, they gradually discover that both lieutenant colonel Nikolai and his three men are decent people. The couple become reconciled with them in the belief that they are all involved in fulfilling the “higher interests” of some kind of mission. Lera resolves this awkward situation through recourse to her faith, of particular relevance since Father Mikhail is well acquainted with the commando. The sensitive intellectual Varzumov starts acting strangely. Fascinated by the machismo of the commando, he dons a military jacket, shaves his head and, after sampling the delights of the Kalashnikov, he renounces his principles and his identity. Does he realise the recklessness of his actions? Or how deceptive the fickle reality of social change can become when bowing to the “higher interests” of both the representatives of power and the Church?

About the director

Arkadiy Yakhnis (b. 1952, Belarus) studied at the Moscow Film Academy (1987-1989) and subsequently made the short film The Date (Data, 1990), the documentary Farewell (Proshchaniye, 1992) and the feature film Shoes from America (Botinki iz Ameriky, 2001). He collaborated on the film Horror Which Is Always with You with eminent screenwriter Yuri Arabov.


Evgenia Tirdatova
Krasnopresnenskaya nab. 1/2 - 129, 123100, Moscow
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Studio "Stella"
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About the film

Color, 35 mm
International premiere

Section: East of the West - Competition
Director: Arkadiy Yakhnis
Screenplay: Jurij Arabov / Yuri Arabov
Dir. of Photography: Grigorij Jabločnikov / Grigoriy Yablochnikov
Music: Dmitrij Kachovskij / Dmitry Kakhovsky
Editor: Nikolaj Stěpanov / Nikolay Stepanov, Alexandr Lucenko / Alexander Lutsenko
Producer: Fjodor Popov / Fyodor Popov, Ljudmila Kukoba / Lyudmila Kukoba
Production: Stella Studios
Cast: Jurij Nifontov / Yuri Nifontov, Marina Iljina / Marina Ilyina, Oleg Fomin
Contact: Evgenia Tirdatova, Studio "Stella"


Arkadiy Yakhnis

Film Director

Evgenia Tirdatova

Producer, Festival Organizer

Fedor Popov

Producer, Film Director


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