Yuri Dubrovin, Nikolay Olyalin, Alexey Pushkin, Alexey Vanin
Lev Kagno, Peter Lutsik
Grotesque drama, 96 min, Russia, 1998
оriginal title OKRAINA language Russian
Philipp Safronov is a farmer, but his peaceful existence is violently interrupted whenamysteriousgroupof people seizes his land to exploit its oil resources. Safronov organizes a gang of tough farmers. One by one they hunt down the offenders, propelling them towards an explosive final confrontation. The film’s stark black and white images give it the hard edge of a classic “film noir”.
festivals & awards
30 festival selections, Chicago: – FIPRESCI Prize; Russian Guild of Film Critics Prize for Best Debut; Berlin – “Don Quixot” Prize; Karlovy Vary – Philip Morris Freedom Award