Thursday, 8 April 2010

Vladimir Khotinenko: Priest - Поп (2010) - Full Movie

 

Director: Vladimir Khotinenko
Cast: Sergei Makovetsky, Nina Usatova, Elizabeth Arzamasova, Stepan Morozov, Kirill Pletnev, Viktoria Romanenko
Drama, War, History

 

Awards : Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nina USATOVA , Golden Eagle awards, Russia, 2010

Vladimir Khotinenko’s new film, The Priest, purports to lift the veil on a little-known episode from the German occupation of Soviet territory during the Second World War. Between 1941 and 1944, a small group of priests was dispatched by the Orthodox Metropolitan of Latvia on a mission to the Pskov region, then occupied by the Wehrmacht, to reopen churches closed by the Soviets. Known as the Pskov Orthodox (sometimes “Spiritual”) Mission, the episode was written into Soviet history as a simple case of the Orthodox Church’s treasonous collaboration with the Nazis. In recent years, however, the resurgent Russian Orthodox church has put forth a competing version of the episode, one in which the priests of the Mission are depicted as saintly men of God and true Russian patriots. Despite the appearance of supporting the Nazi occupation, the priests of the Pskov Orthodox Mission administered to the spiritual needs of the Russian orthodox population in a time of national crisis, while actually supporting Soviet prisoners of war, the anti-Nazi partisan forces and the larger goal of Russian independence from both the German and Soviet empires. In just the last few years, the church has put forth its revisionist view of the Pskov Mission in documentary films, historical studies, memoirs, novels, and web sites.[1] Khotinenko’s Priest, the first high-profile feature film to tell the story of the Pskov Mission, represents the latest stage of the Orthodox church’s attempt to rewrite the history of its collaboration with the Germans during WWII. Reactions to the film in the press and the internet range from wholehearted approval (e.g., finally, the truth can be told) to wholesale rejection and outrage (e.g., a shameless attempt to whitewash Vlasovites and traitors). The story of the making of The Priest is complex. The late Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Aleksey II, whose father served as a priest in occupied Estonia during the war, originally commissioned a novel about the Pskov Mission from the orthodox writer Alexander Segen’,[2] although he apparently was thinking of a film version of the story from the very beginning. Based on the memoirs of a participant in the Mission, Father Aleksei Ionov, the novel is a poorly written and tendentious apology for the Orthodox priests who served in occupied territory.[3] The fictionalized main character of the novel and film, Father Aleksandr Ionin (Sergei Makovetskii), is a paragon of all the Orthodox virtues: wise, kind, generous, resourceful, completely committed to his Orthodox flock, and a Russian patriot: his wife (Nina Usatova) is the epitome of a devout but down to earth peasant woman. That she also speaks fluent German helps move the plot forward on several occasions. No friends to either Nazis or Soviets, their mission is to spread God’s word among the Russian peasants who have suffered from decades of the Bolsheviks’ anti-religious campaigns. The language of the novel and film is a naïve combination of colloquial Russian and Church Slavonicisms, while the characters are mostly one-dimensional cardboard imitations of real people: the children are innocent, the priest high-minded and brilliant, the collaborationist Polizei brutal thugs, the reds are fanatics. Yet when push comes to shove, all it takes is a few words by Father Ionin to make Polizei villains join the partisans, and to transform a fanatical Soviet partisan into an exemplary Christian soldier. ...
Reviewed by Anthony Anemone in KinoKultura

Photos from the film  


Поп (2009)



 

Trailer here.

Full movie with  English subtitles






Veteran director Vladimir Khotinenko’s latest offering is a follow-up to his 2007 historical mega-drama 1612: A Chronicle of the Time of Troubles, a film that was widely criticized for its blatant and relentless Russian nationalism and historical revisionism. (For example, Khotinenko added a unicorn and a ghost to the tale of the first Romanov tsar.) Many interpreted the excesses of 1612 as a quid pro quo for the lavish government funding behind the production and promotion of the film, and some even saw the over-the-top celebration of the Russian state as a sign that the Russian film industry had returned to the days of the government-ordered film (goszakaz). This new Khotinenko film will do little to redeem him in the eyes of those who accused him of selling out to curry official favor, although The Priest is a rather different sort of historical drama. It is, however, one that also saw the light of day due to the initiative of an extra-cinematic institution, the Russian Orthodox Church, which also awarded Khotinenko and lead actor Sergei Makovetskii prizes for their work on the film. In 2005, no less an authority than Patriarch Aleksii II told Sergei Kravets, the director of the Church-affiliated research center and production company “Orthodox Encyclopedia”, of the Church’s desire to see a film produced about the experiences of Orthodox clergy in Nazi-occupied Soviet territory during the Great Patriotic War. Khotinenko was recruited, and he and Kravets approached the historical novelist Aleksandr Segen’ to write a novel that would be the basis for a screenplay. Together with Khotinenko, Segen’ended up adapting his own novel for the screen, as the director’s first choice of screenwriter, the well-known Georgian filmmaker Iraklii Kvirikadze, was unavailable. Segen’ based his story in part on the memoirs of Father Aleksei Ionov, one of the priests from the Baltic republics recruited by Metropolitan Sergii Voskresenskii in 1941 to move to the occupied Pskov region of Russia in order to re-establish the Pskov Orthodox Mission. The resurrection of the mission was a project made possible due to the wartime relaxation of official Soviet anti-religious policy (which had led to the appointment of a new metropolitan in the first place), and to the Germans’ tolerance and even promotion of Orthodox activity in the Soviet territory they had occupied. The Reich saw the opportunity to use its patronage of the Church as a propagandistic example to the “liberated” Russian people of how much better their lives would be under Nazism in contrast to godless Communism. ... Reviewed by Seth Graham in KinoKultura

 


48 comments:

Anonymous said...

This looks like an excellent film. Russian moviemakers can definately give Hollywood a run for the money. I hope this film becomes available here in the US someday. I am studying Russian and love Russian history and art. Who needs subtitles--I would prefer it in Russian.

tig1 said...

Still...those of us that don't know russian would very much appreciate some english subtitles....hint...hint. :)

Katia said...

I'm working on making English subtitles for this movie right now. Once I'm done, I'll come back post a link here to where you can download the srt subtitles file.

Anonymous said...

thank you katia, and please hurry up as you can. thank you again.

Aldebaran said...

Thanks again, Katia! But, please, hurry up!...

Anonymous said...

Katia, we are waiting you. Please hurry up.

|கீதப்ப்ரியன்|Geethappriyan| said...

HI Katia,
could you please upload English subtitles for the movie kochegar -2010 of director Alexei balabanov. I'm great fan of him.thanks ya

Anonymous said...

We are looking forward to the english subtitles for the "pop". Is there any possibility that you could also find and upload english subtitles for the movie chudo the miracle? Thank you in advance...
Hara, Greece

Nick Grivas said...

Has anyone found or made subtitles yet? I have many people who are eager to see this movie (even one who bought the DVD).

Katia said...

Sorry everyone! I am working on the subtitles, but it takes time and I am busy with other things right now that is why the delay. I'm a perfectionist, when it comes to making subtitles, so once I'm done they will be very good, but it takes time. Will definitely post a link here as soon as I'm done.

In the meantime you can see all the other subtitles to Russian movies that I have made so far. Maybe you will find some of them useful too. (Click on my name/link in this post.)

Anonymous said...

Here are the ENGLISH Subtitles. Enjoy this wonderful masterpiece:

http://www.opensubtitles.org/en/subtitles/4187819/pop-the-priest-en

or

http://www.moviesubtitles.org/subtitle-63399.html

Nick Grivas said...

Thank you very much! Greetings from Norway.

Aldebaran said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Wondering if someone could help me with the dowload. I oped the links provided howver got various oprions for downloads (not sure which is safe) or the best one. The one link where it disclosed to download movie wanted a 4.95 membership - however as a recurring charge wanted over 69.00. Is there a place where it would be simple to just download and view the ovie - or order it on a cd with subtitles. Thank you

Nick Grivas said...

This post was about the subtitles being posted. I didn't have any trouble downloading the subtitles files (SRT). I bought the DVD, ripped it to my computer and named the SRT file the same as the movie file and they work fine with VLC or Windows Media Player. Downloading the movie from the internet is a whole other thing.

Just in case you have trouble with the subtitles download I posted them temporarily on my website.
http://nickgrivas.com/temp/pop.(the.priest).(2009).eng.1cd.(4187819).zip
http://nickgrivas.com/temp/Pop_the_Priest__2009.DVDRip.en.zip

Anonymous said...

Thanks Nick for your resonse. I somehow thought this subtitle was also for the movie. I would love to see this movie it looks amazing. If you could keep the title up for a bit - I don't have the movie - I'll have to search where I can buy it and the download the subtitles. I appreciate your help. Do you know where is the best place to purchase on line?

Nick Grivas said...

I got my copy on ebay but I don't see any up there at the moment. Be sure to search around using the Russian characters. The subtitles should work for a copy that you rip on to your computer. That's what I did.

Anonymous said...

Hallo to you all. Here I am again to thank Katia so much for the eng subs and to say that I have made the translation into Greek. So if anyone is interested I could somehow send the srt.

Thanks again,

Hara from Greece

PS. Dear Katia as I said before I heard that the movie Chudo is also very good. Is it possible to make some eng subs for it too?
Thanx

Anonymous said...

Hara,can you please send me the greek subs?
But how?
Michael from Greece.

Anonymous said...

What format do I need to rip the DVD in to make the subtitles work ?

Anonymous said...

Hallo Anonymous ,can you post the Greek susbtitles?

Thank you.

Rizwan ali said...

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Anonymous said...

Hello from Greece !! Please can someone give me the greek subs for the film? my e-mail is paroikos@hotmail.gr
I would be greatful.I watched another super russian film called OSTROV (2006) and i suggest it to all of you.
Athanasios

Anonymous said...

Hello to everyone.
Can anyone send to my email address
nkarafo@gmail.com
the Greek subtitles of Pop (Priest) ?

Thank you in advance.

Sas efxaristo ek ton proteron!!

nava said...

Could someone send me the greek subtitles for the movie?
vasnakos@gmail.com
Efxaristw!
Vasileios!

Anonymous said...

Hello again from greece...could anyone,please, send to my email address nektariosadam@gmail.com the greek subtitles of the movie above? thanks in advance....

ὁδοιπόρος said...

If anyone has greek subs for this movie please send to me at nikodim14@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

If anyone has greek subs for this movie please send to me at
TRITONANDRE@YAHOO.GR

alex said...

Could you please send the greek subtitles. send here ailatzis@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

ok, i know how to get the movie and how to get the subtitles...but how do i put the 2 together??? thanks for your help everyone!

ὁδοιπόρος said...

It is very easy my friend. You can use a variety of programms like KMplayer. Can you send me the greek subs at nikodim14@gmail.com?

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Hello! is there someone who has the greek subtitles for russian film "priest"?

Alive Blog said...

The subtitles of Pop/Priest are currently being translated from english to greek here:

http://istologio.pbworks.com/

Anonymous said...

Would it be easy to send me the greek subtitles for the Priest (Pop) as well?I would be really very very thankful..If you can send here,at kourkoubinas@hotmail.com
Thank you so much in advance..

Nick Grivas said...

Thank you @Alive Blog. It is apparent to me that nobody has any GREEK SUBTITLES yet. They are being developed at http://istologio.pbworks.com. Once they exist can someone please post the link here? I will try to host them on my website as well once I am made aware of their existence.

In response to getting the subtitles to work -
I would suggest using VLC Media Player which is Free, open source, plays almost anything and is simple. You just need to name the subtitle the same as the video file and the player will handle the rest. You can also manually add a subtitle by going to Video --> Subtitles Track --> Open Subtitle.

Anonymous said...

Hara, if you have actually managed to get hold of the Greek subtitles please let me know how i can get them too....
thanks a lot!!!!
Nektarios

kabamaru said...

Οποιος μπορει ας μου στειλει καποιο λινκ με τους υποτιτλους αλλα και την ταινια διοτι δεν εχω καταφερει να τη βρω ακομα ολοκληρη.

Ευχαριστω πολυ για το χρονο σας

xkabamarux@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Και εγω θα ήθελα απο όποιον μπορει να μου στειλει πληροφορίες σχετικά με το απο που μπορώ να κατεβάσω τηνταινία με ελληνικούς ή αγγλικούς υποτιτλους.Ευχαριστώ εκ των προτέρων Το μαιλ μου είναι: stampatshirtanastasia@yahoo.gr

Γιαυτούς που εχουν δει το Ostrov προτείνω το Ο Τσάρος του ίδιου σκηνοθέτη και με τον ίδιο ηθοποιο.Υπάρχει στο you tube.

jimmyz said...

Εδώ βρίσκονται οι ελληνικοί υπότιτλοι που έγραψα μόνος μου. http://rapidshare.com/files/3718223529/iereas_priest_pop_2009_GR.rar

Δυστυχώς μολίς τώρα είδα το http://istologio.pbworks.com/w/page/49380183/Pop%20Greek%20Subtitles, αν το είχα δει νωρίτερα...

Ολόκληρη την ταινία θα βρείτε στο greelddl . com/movies/2000-2010/foreign-movies/142909-Ο-Ιερέας-(2009)-DVDrip.html

Anonymous said...

jimmyz, αν θέλεις, μπορείς να δώσεις το e-mail σου ,μήπως και σου δείξω κάποιες άλλες ρωσικές θρησκευτικές ταινίες για μετάφραση;

jimmyz said...

Για μα μην υπαρχει παρανόηση, δεν ξέρω Ρώσικα. Από τα Αγγλικά μετέφρασα.
Όπως και να 'χει, ενδιαφέρομαι για οποιαδήποτε βοήθεια μπορώ να προσφέρω.
Έχω ήδη κάνει εγγραφή στο istologio.pbworks.com. Είναι σίγουρα καλύτερα να είμαστε πολλοί μαζί.

Το μαίηλ μου είναι rafaila[εδώ βάλε το 42][@]yahoo[.]gr
Εντάξει, νομίζω το 'κρυψα καλά από τα spambots.

aekarajonny said...

Ο Ιερέας (ΠΟΠ-2009). -ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΟΙ ΥΠΟΤΙΤΛΟΙ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH_eFqIzOhI

Anonymous said...

@ Nick Grivas
Hi, is it possible having news links because they're down actually? ==>
http://nickgrivas.com/temp/pop.(the.priest).(2009).eng.1cd.(4187819).zip
http://nickgrivas.com/temp/Pop_the_Priest__2009.DVDRip.en.zip
I'm very interrested. Thanks by advance
Kissyouall from France

Nick Grivas said...

https://www.dropbox.com/s/djhzaor47d62tdq/Pop_the_Priest__2009.DVDRip.en.zip?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/tm3ecl25ahs3ewz/pop.%28the.priest%29.%282009%29.eng.1cd.%284187819%29.zip?dl=0

Anonymous said...

@ Nick Grivas
Thanks you very much for the files and for your kindness too
Have a great time
Kissyouall

Anonymous said...

@ Nick Grivas
Did you know where i can find one (or two)good link about this movie, because my copy is too bad (VHSrip) and don't work normaly with your english's srt -
Thanks by advance
Kissyouall

Nick Grivas said...

I bought my DVD on eBay and I suggest you do the same. There are still many there. Some say they even have english subtitles included which was not available at the time that I bought mine.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/PRIEST-POP-World-WAR-II-MOVIE-V-Hotinenko-Russian-DVD-NTSC-english-subtitles-/262345953705/

There are plenty of other places to find it but I would suggest purchase it if you like such films to be made.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SArCQWH3hl0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_caGwRO5wmc

Anonymous said...

It's an very good idea, thanks for all, one more time.
Kissyouall (from France)