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The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin Details

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A satirical look at Stalinism and Soviet bureaucracy, the movie is based upon a previously banned Russian novel by Vladimir Voinovich. Ivan Chonkin, an uncomplicated man with a taste for sex, is a soldier assigned to guard a broken down airplane in Red, a tiny rural village. Unbeknownst to him, World War II has erupted and his superior officers have forgotten about him. Chonkin enrages the neighbors when he moves into the home of his lover Nyura, the town postal clerk. To get revenge, the neighbors send an anonymous letter to the secret police accusing Ivan of being a spy. The dreaded NKVD immediately go the remote village to arrest Ivan, but he refuses to leave his post without direct orders from his general. In the end, Ivan Chonkin triumphs over both the secret police and the Soviet army. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Venice International Film Festival Jirí Menzel Gold Medal of the Presidency of the Senate 1994 Winner

Cast

Gennady Nazarov
as Ivan Chonkin
Vladimir Ilyin
as Golubev
Valery Zolotukhin
as Kilin
Alexei Zharkov
Zinoviy Gerdt
as Moisei Stalin
Sergei Garmash
Maria Vinogradova
as Granny Dunia
Yuri Dubrovin
as Volkov
Sergei Stepanchenko
Marian Labuda
as Opalikov
Aleksandr Garin
as Svintsov

Crew

Jirí Menzel
Director
Eric Abraham
Producer
Zdenek Sverak
Screenwriter
Vladimir Voinovich
Book Author
Jiri Brozek
Cinematographer
Jaromir Sofr
Cinematographer
Jiri Sust
Composer (Music Score)
Jiri Brozek
Editor
Milan Býcek
Art Director
Katya Krausova
Co-producer
Domenico Procacci
Associate Producer
Leonid Vereschagin
Associate Producer
Frantisek Cizek
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