original title: Dubrovsky
2014, 123 min., color, Russian
CATEGORY : Romantic Drama
CREWDirector s :
Cinematographer : Vsevolod Kaptur, Anastasiy Mikhaylov
Producers : Yevgeny Gindilis
FESTIVALS: Sofia International Film Festival 2014, Shanghai International Film Festival 2014, Cottbus Film Festival 2014, Hanoi Film Festival 2014
A modern take on the classic novel by Alexander Poushkine.
Vladimir Dubrovskiy — successful capital lawyer and a frequenter of trendy clubs, Masha Troyekurov’s estate is a graduate of the English College and gentle daughter… the Masters of their own destinies, they hardly resemble characters of Pushkin. But the sudden quarrel their fathers holds a fatal trait in the life of Vladimir and Masha – they are immersed in a reality where other laws are in place…
The film’s genre is hard to define; it shifts between an action thriller, social commentary, and a love drama. Thus, Egor Moskvitin ironically describes the film as “an esthetic terrorist attack” for the viewers.
While using conventions of a popular adventure novel, Pushkin’s Dubrovsky also contains a social message that was strongly emphasized in Soviet interpretation of the novel. The new adaptation preserves this tension and even makes it more pronounced than in Pushkin’s original work. The tensions are perhaps amplified by the fact that the film was directed and scripted by two directors, he documentary theater playwright and director Aleksandr Vartanov and émigré filmmaker Kirill Mikhanovsky; and two screenwriters, Konstantin Chernozatonskii and Mikhail Brashinskii.
…in Dubrovsky corrupt authorities and oligarchs, as well as the violent actions of the masses, are full of life and dynamism. The images of the court procedures and the news reports seem uncannily familiar to the contemporary viewers. The film’s social stance is a welcome distinction from the apolitical, contemporary commercial cinema. Irina Anisimova (University of Pittsburgh), Kinokultura