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Pyotr Lutsik's first film Okraina is an allegorical piece that contemplates capitalism run wild, as well as the increasing Westernization of contemporary Russian filmmaking. The title is taken from the classic 1933 film by the Soviet filmmaker Boris Barnet, in which the beginning of the farm collectivization era is depicted. In Pyotr Lutsik's version, the hero is an ordinary farmer, Philip Safronov, whose peaceful life is aggressively interrupted when his land is appropriated by a mysterious group to exploit its oil resources. The toughest farmers unite and track down the offenders one by one. The murderous path they leave behind them culminates in the film's apocalyptic finale. The director's style is minimalist, with heavy use of symbols. The humor is very bitter. The use of black and white and orchestral music from 1930's Soviet films gives a nostalgic aura without obstructing the impact of the main theme of the film, which seems to be "regimes come and go, but exploitation of the poor remains." Okraina was screened as part of the International Forum of New Cinema section of the 49th Berlin Film Festival, 1999. ~ Gönül Dönmez-Colin, Rovi

  • Release date:April 2, 2004

Cast

Yuri Dubrovin
as Philip Safronov
Nikolai Olyalin
as Kolka Poluyanov
Rimma Markova
as Panka's Mother
Viktor Stepanov
as The Master
Anatoly Koscheev
Viktor Venes
Galina Zolotareva
as Makhotin's Wife
Oleg Makshantsev
as Simavin

Crew

Pyotr Lutsik
Director
Lev Kagno
Producer
Pyotr Lutsik
Producer
Pyotr Lutsik
Screenwriter
Alexei Samoryadov
Screenwriter
Aleksai Samorjadov
Screenwriter
Nikolai Ivasiv
Cinematographer
Gavriil Popov
Composer (Music Score)
Gavriil Popov
Songwriter
Georgy Sviridov
Songwriter
Georgy Sviridov
Composer (Music Score)
Igor Kantyukov
Musical Arrangement
Svetlana Guralskaya
Editor
Andrei Bessolitsyn
Production Designer
Lev Kagno
Executive Producer
Aleksei Rybakov
Consultant/advisor
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