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Priatiel Pakoinika

Fortnight 1997, Feature film, 1 h 40


It’s not easy living in Kiev today if you’re not cut out for dollar-hunting! And Anatoly isn’t. Anatoly is an intellectual who hasn’t made the grade in the new “capitalist” jungle. He gets by on odd jobs. No wonder his wife’s been cheating on him and eventually drops him for another man. But Anatoly doesn’t feel like fighting back. Disgusted, he prefers to withdraw into passivity. He decides to commit suicide. And suddenly he has the possibility of arranging his own suicide by someone else’s hand – for there’s no shortage of contract killers in Kiev! But even here, Anatoly blows it. It’s the start of a series of crossed wires and bizarre meetings that may finally give him a place in this barbarous world. But can you really cure an honest intellectual ?


Viatcheslav Krichtofovitch

He was born in Kiev. He studied direction in cinema at the drama institute of Kiev. He’s been working at the Dovjenko studios since then. He directed movies: Femme seule veut faire connaissance won ana ward in Montreal; Autoportrait d’un inconnu was shown at The Directors’ Fortnight and awarded in Montreal.

Alexandre Lazarev
Angelika Nevolina
Constantin Kostychin
Elene Korikova
Evgueni Pachin
Serguei Romaniouk
Tatiana Krivitskaïa

Andreï Kourkov

Vilen Kolouta

Gueorgui Stremovski

Elvira Soumovskaïa

Vladimir Gronski

Set decoration
Roman Adamovitch

PRODUCTION : Compagnie des Films 142, avenue malakoff, 75116 Paris Tél. : 01 45 02 21 00 Fax : 01 45 02 21 09 National Novdjenko Film Studio Prospekt Pobedy 44, 252057 Kiev, Ukraine Fax : (380-44) 446 40 44 Compagnie Est-Ouest 71, rue Lepic, 75018 Paris Tél. : 01 46 06 78 44 Fax : 01 45 77 31 04 VENTE A L’ETRANGER : Celluloïd Dreams 24, rue Lamartine, 75009 Paris Tél. : 01 49 70 03 70 Fax : 01 49 70 03 71

Title in Original Version : Un ami du défunt