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The Stringer

Fortnight 1998, Feature film, 1 h 25


Vadik is an ambitious Moscow teenager struggl-ing to survive in the newly fragmented Russia when he falls in love with Helen, a Western news journalist, and vows to go to any lengths to get her. Armed with his video camera, Vadik records anything he thinks could be classified as « news », including footage of a fake attempted assassination of a washed-up politician, Yavorsky. By filming his increasingly desperate publicity stunts, Vadik is adopted by Yavorsky as the only means to revive his flagging career. Vadik is more than willing to help Yavorsky -every futile effort they make to get Yavorsky on TV brings Vadik back into contact with Helen. But does the apprentice stringer understand that his new friends may only want him for what he can do for them ?


Paul Pawlikowski

He is a Polish director and screenwriter. He started his carreer as a filmaker in 1986 making documentaries for the BBC. His movies deal with Eastern Europe, from policy to great figures of cultural life; he was many awarded: grand prize in San Francisco, Marseille and Florence, Italia award twice, an Emmy award and a Grierson award for best English documentary on Jirinovski, Tripping with Zhirinovsky; this last could have inspired him the character of Yavorsky in The Stringer, his first feature film.

Anna Friel
Robert Knepper
Sergei Bodrov Jr.
Vladimir Ilyin

Paul Pawlikowski, Gennadi Ostrovsky

Witold Stok B.S.C.

Mike Savage

Bill Diver

Zdzislaw Szostak

Set decoration
Vladimir Murzin

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