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.
AwardKarlovy Vary International Film Festival
Grand PrixInternational Film Festival Cottbus 2008
Grand Prix and Dialogue Prize2008
PrizeInternational Cinematographers Film Festival Manaki Brothers
Bronze Camera 3002008
PrizeAustralia International Film Festival
Critics Prize, Audience Prize2008
AwardCinema Critics Awards "Bely Slon"