June 16, 2009


9 rota/The 9th Company (2005)
139 min /Finland | Russia | Ukraine /:Russian 
Director: Fyodor Bondarchuk
Writer:Yuriy Korotkov (writer)

Cast:Fyodor Bondarchuk ... Khokhol 

 Aleksey Chadov ... Vorobey 

 Mikhail Yevlanov ... Ryaba 

 Ivan Kokorin ... Chugun 

 Artyom Mikhalkov ... Stas

The film is based on a true story of the 9th company during the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan in the 1980's. Young Soviet Army recruits are sent from a boot camp into the middle of the war in Afghanistan. The action is not like a boot camp at all. It is very bloody and dirty. The 9th company is defending the hill 3234. They are hopelessly calling for help. But help never comes. "This is war, you kill, or get killed", says the 9-th company leader Khohol (Bondarchuk). They believed that they served their country. But two years later that country ceased to exist.
Fyodor Sergeevich Bondarchuk
Fyodor Sergeevich Bondarchuk was born on May 9, 1967, in Moscow, Russia. He was brought up in a family of filmmakers, and was no stranger to this profession. His father, Sergei Bondarchuk, was an internationally acclaimed film actor and an Academy Award-winning director.

From 1985 - 1987, and from 1989 - 1991 Fyodor Bondarchuk studied at the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), and graduated from the class of Yuri Ozerov as a film director. At the same time he founded the production company "Art Pictures Group" together with his friend, Stepan Mikhalkov. He has been making a variety of projects, ranging from music and advertising videos to feature films. He also has been working as an actor and VJ on Russian TV. In 2003 he won TEFI Award for his work on television, and also received many other awards for his music videos and films.

Fyodor Bondarchuk is a popular TV show host, his show about cinema world has been released weekly on the CTC TV in Russia. He is currently residing in Moscow, Russia.

Papa (2004)

94 min /:Russia/:Russian

 Director:Vladimir Mashkov

Writers:Aleksandr Galich (novel),Vladimir Mashkov (writer).

Vladimir Mashkov ... Abraham Schwartz 

 Egor Beroev ... David Schwartz 

 Andrei Rozendent ... David Schwartz, 12 Years 

 Olga Krasko ... Tanya

Based on A. Galych's play "Matrosskaya Tishina", "Papa" tells a story of a Jewish father who dreamed of seeing his son perform on a stage in front of huge audiences, he dreamed of seeing him as the greatest violinist of his time. To achieve the goal he taught his son Dodik how to play the violin from the yearly age. When Dodik grew up he left the small town he and his father lived in to study in the Moscow Conservatory leaving his past behind. But one day he has to choose either to loose his father or everything he has achieved

Peregon/Transit (2006)

140 min /Russia/English | Russian
 writer-director Aleksandr Rogozhkin

 Cast:Aleksei Serebryakov as Captain Yurchenko 
Daniil Strakhov as Captain Lisnevsky 
Anastasiya Nemolyayeva as Irina Zareva 
Svetlana Stroganova as Valentina

Transit (Russian: Peregon) is a 2006 film from prolific Russian writer-director Aleksandr Rogozhkin, which was presented at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Several of his past films have screened there, including Life with an Idiot and the Chechen war drama Check Point (Blokpost), for which he won the Best Director Prize in 1998. Transit is a story set on a secret military transit base in the remote Chukotka region, where planes from allied forces came in from Alaska, including quite a few with female pilots, which of course attracted the attention of the mostly male Russian crew at the base.

The stars of the film include famous Russian actors such as Aleksey Serebryakov, Daniil Strakhov, and Anastasya Nemolyaeva.

Plot summary
A group of American pilots from Alaska ferry Airacobra fighter planes across the ocean on Lend-lease. The orderly course of life is disrupted when it becomes clear that the American pilots are attractive and charming young women. The feelings of the Russian young men collide into barriers of culture and language resulting in a host of awkward, funny, and sometimes tragic situations.

It is the story of Russians, Americans, and natives of the Far North. It is the story of man and woman in war. Love and death are squeezed between the hills as human fates are destroyed and born.

Alexander Rogozhkin ( born October 3, 1949 in Leningrad) is a Russian film director. Abroad, he is most famous for his acclaimed 2002 film The Cuckoo (Kukushka), which won the Golden Eagle Award for Best Picture. He also directed the very popular Russian-language screwball comedies Peculiarities of National Hunt and Peculiarities of National Fishing, among other works.

Rogozhkin's latest film, Transit (Peregon), was released in 2006. It is a "wartime tragicomedy" about the relationship between Soviet soldiers in the Far Eastern outpost in Chukotka and the American female pilots who bring them U.S.-made airplanes from Alaska through the lend-lease program. As in The Cuckoo, Rogozhkin cast a number of amateur actors for Peregon.



The Vanished Empire/ Ischeznuvshaya imperiya (2008)
105 min/Russia/Russian

Directed by : Karen SHAKHNAZAROV  
Writing credits : Sergei ROKOTOV
Cinematography : Shandor BERKESHI 
Cast:Egor BARANOVSKY Stepan Molodzov 
Aleksandr LYAPIN ) ...Serguei Narbekov 
Lidia MILUZINA (Лидия МИЛЮЗИНА) ...Liouda Beletskaya 

The film events take place in Moscow in the 1970-s. The plot is based on the classical love triangle: two youths and a girl. They are students of the same institute of higher education, live in a large country without suspecting that soon it will vanish from all the maps of our planet. This film narrates about love, youth, and the country named the Soviet Union.

Karen Georgievich Shakhnazarov
Karen Georgievich Shakhnazarov (born 8 July 1952, Krasnodar, Soviet Union) is a Soviet and Russian filmmaker, producer and screenwriter. He became the Director General of the Mosfilm studios in 1998.

Shakhnazarov is the son of a prominent politician of Armenian descent, Georgy Shakhnazarov.

Since 2005 he has been a member of the Public Chamber of Russia

Agony 1981

Directed by Elem Klimov 
Produced by Elem Klimov 
Written by Semyon Lungin, Ilya Nusinov 
 Alexei Petrenko, Alisa Freindlich, Velta Line, Anatoly Romashin 
Music by Alfred Shnitke 
Cinematography Leonid Kalashnikov 
Editing by Valeria Belova 
Running time 151 minutes  

 (Russian Агония, translit. Agoniya; U.S. theatrical/dvd title Rasputin) is a film by Elem Klimov, made in c.1973-75 and finally released in the West in 1982 (USA and Soviet Union/Warsaw Pact countries 1985) after protracted resistance from Soviet authorities. The film is notable for its rich, sometimes baroque style, its sumptuous recreation of episodes from the final year of Imperial Russia and the psychological portraits of Grigori Rasputin and the Imperial family. '

The production of the film doesn't appear to have suffered any obstruction and the resources were lavish, as evidenced by the scenography and photography, but once finished the film was declared unsuitable for release; the reasons were evidently to do with the way the imperial family is portrayed. In this film Nicholas II is shown as weak and indecisive, rather than brutal, and this did not square with the way the period had been retold in Soviet historiography and schoolbooks. Furthermore, the Bolsheviks make no appearance at all in the film though it takes place during the final months of the empire, when the state was drifting toward revolution. This is historically truthful; the Bolsheviks had a very low level of activity in Russia during the First World War, most of their leaders were abroad or in prison and at the time they made no real, organized contribution to the unrest until after Lenin had returned in April 1917, by which time the Tsar had already been deposed. This was something Soviet history would not recognize; instead Lenin would be portrayed as the wise general of the upheaval from the start, and the Bolsheviks as the mass party of the working classes. Finally, the prominence of sexuality and sectarian religion in the film were hard to stomach for Soviet censors.
So the film went unshown until 1981, when it was screened at the Venice Film Festival and attracted very favourable reviews. Released in western Europe in 1982 it was hailed as one of the most original Soviet films of the 1970s. In Soviet Russia it was screened only in 1985, at the dawn of the Glasnost era. The versions released in the 1980s, and later on dvd, differ somewhat in length and the final voice-over newsreel shots of the 1917 revolution may have been tacked on as a bow to Soviet authorities; ending it with the bleak burial of Rasputin would appear to have been more logical. The original mid-seventies cut does not seem to have survived, and it is unclear how much was rewritten or possibly reshot after 1975.
The storyline of the film follows the final months of 1916 up to the murder of Rasputin; some events have been telescoped into this time though they really happened earlier during the war. Rasputin's effect on people around him is shown as almost hypnotic, and the film avoids taking a moral stance towards him - breaking not only with Soviet history but alo with how he was regarded by people near the court at the time, some of whom regarded him as a debilitating figure who disgraced the monarchy and hampered the war effort.