Director: Alexey Uchitel

Screen Play by: Vladimir Makanin Timofey Dekin

Director of Photography: Yury Klimenkov

Art-director: Andrey Vasin

Costume designer: Galina Deeva Mark Lee

Make-up artist: Tamara Frid

Sound Director: Kirill Vasilenko

Composer: Leonid Desyatnikov

Editor: Elena Andreeva Gleb Nikulskiy

Starring: Vyatcheslav Krikunov Petr Logachov Irakly Mskhalaia Julia Peresild Andrey Feskov Sergey Umanov Tagir Rakhimov Dagun Omayev Raisa Gichayeva Larisa Shamsadova

Producer: Alexey Uchitel

Co-Producer: Dimitar Gotchev (Bulgaria) Kira Saksaganskaya

Production: Rock Films with the support of the Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography in co-production with Camera (Bulgaria) National Film Center (Bulgaria)

Country of production: Russia Bulgaria

Genre: War Drama

Time: 80 min


Two Russian soldiers walk over the mountains and through the gorges of Chechnya: the seasoned and laconic Rubakhin and the cheerful and frivolous rifleman, Vovka. They are walking through the hot day searching for a guide to lead their convoy out of an ambush. Only a local who knows the trails can do it. But the locals are enemies, so they’ll have to take one captive. And then - a chase, a throw, a punch, and a capture. An enemy’s taken captive and it doesn’t matter that he’s still a boy...

The soldiers walk through the summer heat. Next to them a war is going on. And here - two commanders, a Russian and a Chechen. The war has long been over between them, but it is still inside of them and around them. It is in the listless trading of arms and food, in the unkind jokes...

But suddenly in this unbridled rush, a humane relationship appears, a relationship beyond the control of army regulations or politics but under the control of beauty. The kind of relationship that has no place here. Because the air is already charged with tremendous tension and the militants are moving closer and closer.

  • Award
    Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

    Best Director

  • Grand Prix
    International Film Festival Cottbus 2008

    Grand Prix and Dialogue Prize

  • Prize
    International Cinematographers Film Festival Manaki Brothers

    Bronze Camera 300

  • Prize
    Australia International Film Festival

    Critics Prize, Audience Prize

  • Award
    Cinema Critics Awards "Bely Slon"

    Best Photography