Russia/Bulgaria, 2008, 80 min. Director: Aleksei Uchitel Cast: Vyacheslav Krikunov, Pyotr Logachev, Irakli Mskhalaia, Yulia Peresild, Sergei Umanov... Awards: Dialog Award, Grand Prize, Cottbus Film Festival of Young East European Cinema, 2008; Best Director, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2008. Nominations: Crystal Globe, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2008. Selection: EXIT POINT
Visitors of Film and Media Festival Cinema City, as part of main competition selection EXIT POINT, will have the chance to see the film Captive (Plennyy) by acknowledged Russian director Aleksei Uchitel, for which he won significant award for best directing at International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary.
The story happens in 24 hours and it is about two Russian soldiers who try to get out of desolated enemy territory in Chechen mountains with the help of a young Chechen fighter they captured. Despite the language barrier and the fact that they are from opposing sides, the soldiers and the young and extremely attractive Chechen captive develop an unexpected emotional relationship. The film is based on the story A Prisoner of the Caucasus by Russian literate Vladimir Makanin. Director Uchitel diminishes homoerotic elements of the original story, he studies emotional relationship between soldiers, develops themes which go beyond typical contents of war films, he points out the absurdity of war, violence and hardship of a soldier's life. Magnificent scenery, in which there is significant symbolism, is especially attractive feature.
Aleksei Yefimovich Uchitel,a director, producer and a screenwriter was born in 1951. For his film creations he won eleven awards at prestigious international film festivals.