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Pro Ourodov I Lioudiei

Fortnight 1998, Feature film, 1 h 33

Synopsis

« I like extreme situations, they provoke style. » In the early years of the 20th century, two families live in Saint Petersburg in relative comfort. The first family is that of Dr. Stasov and his attractive but blind wife, Ekaterina Kirilovna. 17 years earlier they had adopted Siamese twins from Mongolia. The second is of more modest origins: the family of Radlov, a railroad engineer, and his daughter, Lisa, an innocent dreamer in her 20s. She hates only one person: their maid, Grunya, who be-came her father’s mistress when her mother died. Lisa also suspects her of having a secret li-aison with a certain Johann, the owner of a photo studio. Gradually, Johann insinuates himself into both families. With the help of two assistants, he takes and distributes S&M photos in his studio… A story of deeply human passions, shot in the style of turn-of-the-century photographs.

Director

Alexeï Balabanov

Aleksei Balabanov was born in 1959 in Yekaterinburg, (USSR). In 1981 he graduated from Translation Faculty of Gorky Teachers’ Training University. From 1983 to 1987, Aleksei Balabanov worked as an assistant of a film director at Sverdlovsk film studio. He studied at the experimental course “Authors’ Cinema” of the High Courses for Scriptwriters and Film Directors.He is best known for the 1997 crime film Brat (English title: Brother), and its more action-oriented sequel, Brat-2 (Brother 2), both of which starred the late Sergei Bodrov Jr. as a novice hit man. The second film, along with its soundtrack, was immensely popular in Russia. He has become better known for his shocking and controversial films Gruz 200 (2007) and Morphine (2008).

Dinara Droukarova
Lika Nevolina
Sergueï Makovetsky
Victor Soukhoroukov

Screenplay
Alexeï Balabanov

Image
Sergueï Astakhov

Sound
Maxime Belovolov

Editing
Marina Lipartia

Set decoration
Vera Zelinskaya

Production :
Sergueï Selyanov
CTB, Kamennoostrovsky 10
Saint-Petersbourg, Russie
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Title in Original Version : Des monstres et des hommes/Of Freaks An Men