Thursday, 16 December 2010

Ilya Khrzhanovsky: 4 - Четыре (2005)

Ilya Khrjanovsky
Vladimir Sorokin
Cast :Shavkat Abdusalamov, Anatoli Adoskin and Aleksei Khvostenko

Awards :
Special Jury prize Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Russia, 2005
Grand prix au Festival de Rotterdam, 2005

The lies shared by three Russian strangers take on a life of their own in director Ilya Khrzhanovsky's dreamlike journey into the strange heart of modern-day Russia. After entering a local watering hole and relaying a series of elaborate but entirely fabricated tales, a prostitute posing as an advertising executive, a piano tuner claiming to be a genetic engineer, and a butcher posing as a Kremlin insider all go their separate ways. In the hours following their strange conversation, all three will experience a surreal and richly symbolic voyage into a land where the specter of even the most elaborate of lies can somehow fade into reality for one tantalizing instant. (

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