Sunday, 13 November 2011

Russian rape drama rewarded

A film unanimously described as shocking and controversial has also proved to be successful and winning. 

Twilight Portrait, a Russian drama about the complex psychological and sexual relations between a rape victim and her abuser, has scooped an award at an international film festival in Greece.

The movie from the New York-based Russian-born director, Angelina Nikonova, took top honors at the 52nd Thessaloniki International Film Festival, bagging the coveted Golden Alexander trophy which comes with a 20,000-euro prize, as well as an award from the Critics’ Association.

Twilight Portrait revolves around the controversial and highly ambiguous relations between a married, well-to-do young female social worker and a policeman who was probably – although the story never makes it 100 per cent clear – among a group of officers who raped her.

The lead role is played by Ivan Dykhovichny’s widow – the charismatic young actress Olga Dykhovichnaya – who also co-wrote the script. The disturbing Russian story is narrated in a brutal, hardcore style more readily identified with male, than female, writers. ...

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