Pioner Cinema » The Story of an Appointment (Istoriya odnogo naznacheniya)
  • Drama
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  • 2018
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  • 113 min.
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  • Russia
  • director: Avdotya Smirnova
  • cast: Aleksey Smirnov, Yevgeniy Kharitonov, Filipp Guryevitch, Irina Gorbacheva
  • language: Russian with English subtitles
  • restrictions: 12+

A new film by Avdotya Smirnova, which received the award for best screenplay and the audience favorite award at the Kinotavr festival, tells a true story from the life of Leo Tolstoy, when the great writer defended a regimental scribe named Shabunin. This short episode turns into a metaphor for Russian life, with all of its problems and eternal questions that remain relevant to the present day. What do freedom, law, and charity mean? What is the price of human life in a society where the favor of those in power is more highly prized than justice?


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