The Banishment / Izgnanie
Russia, 150' ,
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Directed by: Andrej Zvjagincev
Script: Oleg Negin, Artem Melkumjan, Andrej Zvjagincev
Producer: Dmitrij Lesnevski, Elena Loginova
Production company: Ren Film
Cinematography: Mihail Kričman
Editing: Anna Mass
Music: Andrej Dergačev, Arvo Pärt
Cast: Konstantin Lavronenko, Maria Bonnevie, Alexander Baluev, Maxim Šibaev, Katja Kulkina
Format: 35 mm, color
Running time: 150'
In an unnamed time and place, Alex, Vera and their young son and daughter settle into the old country house where Alex was born. The ghosts of the past weigh heavily on the ostensibly idyllic domestic scene, however. In this tense atmosphere, Vera tells Alex she is pregnant and that the child is not his; the smouldering patriarch must decide whether he will forgive her or seek vengeance. His desperation leaves no bond untouched. Meanwhile, Alex’s brother Mark – clearly a malicious force – has no contact with his own wife and children, and his presence casts a dark shadow over Alex’s psyche and the strained household. Zvyagintsev reunites with many key talents from his breakthrough debut, including lead actor Lavronenko (father in The Return), who was awarded the best acting prize at the Cannes Film Festival for The Banishment; art director Andrey Ponkratov; and cinematographer Mikhail Krichman.
Cannes Film Festival 2007
Best Actor - Konstantin Lavronenko
Moscow International Film Festival 2007.
Russian Film Clubs Federation Award - Russian Program; Andrei Zvyagintsev
Andrey Zvyagintsev was born in Novosibirsk, Russia, and lives in Moscow. He graduated from the acting department of the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts and has performed on stage and screen. In 2000, he directed the short films Busido, Obscure and The Choice for the television series Black Room. His widely acclaimed first theatrical feature, The Return (2003), won numerous awards, including the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival ang golden Bib at first Zagreb Film Festival. The Banishment (2007) is his second feature film.
It is truly something to see; for among all the lives to be ruined it is a visual rhapsody, attentive to every nuance in the spectacular land and foliage around the family home, following the lives within as meticulously as it traces the dramatic changes in weather — from clear day to torrential showers — in one of the longest, most intricate and beautiful tracking shots in cinema. / Mary Corliss, Time
Location and screening schedule:
matinee: SC Cinema, Monday, October 22nd at 11.00
premiere: SC Cinema, Monday, October 22nd at 22.30
reprisal: Cinema Europe, Tuesday, October 23rd at 16.00