Archive of films Dom - A Russian Family / Dom

2012, 109 min

Section: Official Selection - Out of Competition
Year: 2012

An extended family gathers in a great house situated in the middle of the steppe, including Viktor, whom no one has seen for 25 years. His presence opens up old wounds but, even worse, he puts their lives at risk. This desolate and poetic film makes excellent use of the magical environment of an old house, and forces us to fully experience the burden the prodigal son brings upon his loved ones.


Arriving for a family gathering on a sprawling estate in the middle of the steppe, errant son Viktor is reunited with his large family whom he hasn’t seen for twenty-five years. Although unaware of the fact, Viktor has been followed by a group of men in suits who start harassing those assembled for the gathering. With danger lurking outside, the irascible temper of certain family members becomes the least of their problems. If we try to confront our own history, events might catch up with us too fast. By turns circumspect and poetic, this nevertheless oppressive film draws on elegiac nuances to capture the mixed fortunes of this extended lineage, which has experienced all manner of hardships. It attempts the kind of reconciliation with the past familiar from the work of Otar Iosseliani, yet one cannot deny its sweeping, powerful images as embodied in the Eastern European cinema of Nikita Mikhalkov or Timur Bekmambetov. The director was inspired by a childhood spent in the steppe region along the river Don, and also by Westerns, whose sense of inevitability he projected into his film.

About the director

Oleg Pogodin

Oleg Pogodin (b. 1965, Salsk, USSR) studied screenwriting at VGIK in Moscow (1993). In the early 1990s he began making music videos and commercials, and only turned to films and television work later on. He has shot several commercial action films and has numerous successful TV projects to his name. The hit television mini-series "The Homeland Is Waiting” ("Rodina zhdyot”, 2003) gave rise to the feature film The Invincible (Nyepobedimy, 2008), a commercial project requested by his producer. As a "reward,” he was able to embark upon a film aimed at a more discerning audience, his elegiac drama Dom – A Russian Family.


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About the film

Color, HD CAM
International premiere

Section: Official Selection - Out of Competition
Director: Oleg Pogodin
Screenplay: Oleg Pogodin
Dir. of Photography: Antoine Vivas-Denisov
Music: Eduard Artemiev
Editor: Alexander Amirov
Producer: Sergey Selianov
Production: Central Partnership
Cast: Sergey Garmash, Bogdan Stupka, Vladimir Yepifantsev, Yekaterina Rednikova, Larisa Malevannaya, Igor Savochkin
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