Stars: Yuliya Vysotskaya, Sultan Islamov, Bryan Adams
House of Fools is a wonderfully captivating anti-war exposé set in a mental institution on the Russian boarder at the outbreak of the Chechen War. The pain and difficulty of the mental and physical illnesses of the characters is deployed to contrast insanity and sanity, the real and the fantastic as the inmates are caught in a conflict zone as the rebels take hold. They eventually demonstrate that there is greater insanity in war than any mental institution. ...
* Venice Film Festival - Grand Special Jury Prize
* Venice Film Festival - UNICEF Award
* Bergen International Film Festival - Jury Award (Honorable Mention)
* Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion
* Academy Award - Best Foreign Language Film (representing Russia)
* Nika Awards - Best Music