Film

The River

Release date: 2002

Format: Feature film

Genre: Drama

Director: Aleksey Balabanov

Writer: Alexey Balabanov

Producer: Sergey Selyanov

Production: Russia

Production Companies: CTB Film Company

Actors: Tujara Svinoboeva, Mikhail Skryabin, Anna Flegontova, Vasilij Borisov, Marija Kanaeva, Spartak Fedotov, Masha Kichkina

Length: 50 min.

Colour: Colour

Sound: Mono

The end of the 19th century. A tiny colony of lepers in the isolated Yakut taiga. A healthy girl, brought there by chance, falls in love with one of the young male lepers. Soon she is bearing his child. His wife suddenly arrives from the outside world and tragedy ensues within this strange love triangle.Adapted from a novel by Vatslav Serashevsky, the Polish writer. The shooting of the film was abandoned following a car accident in November 2000 that took the life of the lead actress Tuyaara Svinoboeva. A year later the director edited the existing footage and provided narration for the missing scenes, creating a powerful and emotional story which now stands as a complete film in its own right.

Festivals and Awards:
10 Festival selections, including VeniceVenice IFF Graz, AustriaBelgrade IFFKino Deustches Filmmuseum, GermanyUmea FF - Sweden

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The River

The end of the 19th century. A tiny colony of lepers in the isolated Yakut taiga. A healthy girl, brought there by chance, falls in love with one of the young male lepers. Soon she is bearing his child. His wife suddenly arrives from the outside world and tragedy ensues within this strange love triangle.Adapted from a novel by Vatslav Serashevsky, the Polish writer. The shooting of the film was abandoned following a car accident in November 2000 that took the life of the lead actress Tuyaara Svinoboeva. A year later the director edited the existing footage and provided narration for the missing scenes, creating a powerful and emotional story which now stands as a complete film in its own right.

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