Section: Russkiy Den


B & W

Evgeni Sheliakin
Russia, 2014, 93 Min

Nurik is released from prison with only one thought in mind; to take revenge on mafia boss Alkhan, whose deception ended him up behind bars. Yaroslav, a member of a right-wing extremist group, also has a score to settle with Alkhan in this action packed road movie full of humour and dramaturgical rigour.


Mutual plans see the two's paths in a mafia-run club. In the ensuing mêlée Nurik is stabbed with his own knife, whilst Yaroslav ends up unconscious. On coming around the latter finds himself handcuffed on a boat. Over the coming five days Nurik takes on the role of guardian angel; Yaroslav desperately needs to return to Moscow, where he is to give evidence in court to save a friend from a prison sentence. Both pursued by Alkhan, a shared journey begins accompanied by mutual prejudice that is soon pushed into the background by the pair's common destiny.

In his debut film Evgeni Sheliakin takes a light-hearted look at what remains a highly problematic issue in Russian society: attitudes towards labour migrants from the Caucasus. The result is a work of great sensitivity and artistic precision unafraid to voice uncomfortable truths. MM

DCP | Farbe / colour
Andrei Galanov, Evgeni Sheliakin, Ibragim Magomedov
Dayan Gaitkulov
Dmitri Zimin
Daniel Obrutsky
Iraida Shults, Lyudmila Gaintseva, Maria Ivaschenko
Sergei Shnurov, Mikhail Morskov
Alexei Chadov, Merab Ninidze, Sergei Makovetsky, Maria Andreeva, Sergei Godin, Guram Bablishvili, Andrei Rudensky
Binke Anisimov, Ibragim Magomedov, Andrei Galanov, Elena Galanova
RSS Production
Anastasia Sergeeva
7/12 Derbenevskaya Promenade
1151114 Moscow
Tel: +7.495.663.37 96
Evgeni Sheliakin

Evgeni Sheliakin - born 1976 in USSR. He graduated from Krasnodar Law Institute in 1998 and afterwards worked in the law-enforcement system. Since 2003 he has been a screenwriter and director of TV programmes and serials. In 2008, Sheliakin graduated from the Russian State University of Cinematography in Moscow. CH/B is his feature film debut.

KUKLY FREIDA (2008, short)

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