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12.03, - 18:30, Cinema House
14.03, - 16:00, Lumiere
Director:  Dmitri Meskhiyev
Cinematography:  Sergei Machilsky
Screenplay:  Valentin Chernykh
Producer:  Victor Gluhov , Sergei Melkumov , Elena Yatsura
Music:  Svyatoslav Kurashov
Cast:  Bogdan Stupka , Konstantin Khabensky , Sergei Garmash , Mikhail Yevlanov , Fyodor Bondarchuk , Anna Mikhalkova
Production:  Slovo Production Company
International distribution:  Slovo Production
European Screen
Aftermath
Agnes and His Brothers
Blueberry
Control
Cool!
Daybreak
Feathers in My Head
Honey Baby
Look at Me
My Summer of Love
Niceland
No Rest for the Brave
Old Women
Our Own
Schizo
Sophie Scholl Hope and Resistance
The Arm of Jesus
The Gift
The Ninth Day
Up and Down
Zelary

OUR OWN

OUR OWN
Russia, 2004, 112 min, color

Dmitry Meskhievs film revisits the Russian Second World War film with a new and frightening intensity. Caught by the German invasion, three prisoners escape to a nearby village, where one of them has his home. There they meet his father, an anti-Bolshevik and former kulak, who is the local headman and has links with the occupying forces. The drama soon becomes complex as he tries to protect his son and, in the process, the army major and Jewish officer who have escaped with him.

The long section set in the village, when the three prisoners remain hidden and gradually interact with the family and community is skilfully directed, the action sequences violent and disturbing, and the framing of characters against landscape worthy of some of the masters of widescreen composition. The deliberately stylised photography, bled to approach monochrome, creates a strong and claustrophobic atmosphere. Violence is shown as meaningless, painful, and traumatic, and the cause in which it is exercised a matter of survival rather than ideology. The abstract nature of the conflicts suggests that the films real subjects lie in the present as much as the past.
Peter Hames

DMITRI MESKHIYEV
Russian director Dmitri Meskhiyev was born in Leningrad in 1963. He studied film directing in Marlen Khutsiyevs class at the State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). In 1980 he began his career as an assistant director at Lenfilm Studios. In 1990 he made his feature film debut with Gambrinus, written by Valery Todorovsky. Meskhiyev also directs videos and commercials.
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