Drama - Completed 2011

& Awards

Sundance Film Festival, USA 2010
Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award (prize for the Best Script in 2010)
Cannes International Film Festival 2011
Special Jury Prize of the program “Un Certain Regard”
Durban International Film Festival, South Africa 2011
Prizes for the Best Director, Best Actress and Best Photography
Flanders International Film Festival Ghent, Belgium 2011
Grand Prix
Haifa International Film Festival 2011
Grand Prix of the FEODORA Competition (international competition)
Seville European Film Festival 2011
Prize for the Best Actress (Nadezhda Markina)
Festival du Nouveau Cinema de Montreal, Canada 2011
Prize for the Best Actress (Nadezhda Markina)
Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2011
Prize for the Best Actress (Nadezhda Markina); Special mention to the director Andrey Zvyagintsev for the outstanding achievements
    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • RUSSIA
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 3 - 5 M$
    • Duration
    • 109 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Andrey ZVYAGINTSEV
    • Writer(s)
    • Andrey ZVYAGINTSEV, Oleg NEGIN
    • EIDR
    • 10.5240/63D9-21FB-25A7-8EF0-F780-I
    • Producer(s)
    • Alexander RODNYANSKY, Sergey MELKUMOV
    • Synopsis
    • An older couple, Elena and Vladimir: he is rich and mean with his money; she is more of a servant than a wife. They’ve been together for about ten years. Elena has a son from a previous marriage; Vladimir has a daughter. Her son is unemployed. His daughter is a bohemian. The unemployed son has his own family: a wife, a baby, and a teenager. The bohemian daughter has no children, no husband – nothing but her cheerless sense of cynicism and a morbid fear of reality.
      Elena’s son desperately needs money, something which Vladimir is nothing short of. However, he’s in no rush to help his wife’s family.
      A heart attack puts Vladimir in hospital, where he realizes that his remaining time is limited. He tells Elena his plans for the inheritance: all his money will go to his daughter, while Elena will get a small life-long alimony to support her.
      The sweet, kind-hearted older woman who commands so much sympathy from the audience comes up with an ingenious plan to kill her husband, take his money, and give her son and grandchildren a chance in life.