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13.03. - 17:00,

14.03. - 19:00,
Euro Cinema

Director:  Vladimir Kott
Cinematography:  Yevgeny Privin
Screenplay:  Vladimir Kott
Producer:  Yevgeni Gindilis
Music:  Anton Silaev
Cast:  Alexei Kravchenko , Alexandra Tyuftey , Yevgeniya Dobrovolskaya
Production:  Tvindi/NTV
Paper Soldier
The Vanished Empire
Russia , 2008, 107 min, color
Awards:  Shanghai 2008 - "Grand Prix" ; Zlin Film Festival for Children and Youth 2008 Special Jury Prize for European Debut; Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival "Award for best actress " to Alexandra Tyuftey

Mukha is the nickname of Vera Mukhina, a 16-year old schoolgirl from a small Russian town. Mukha takes boxing classes and settles her own problems, forgiving neither peers nor adults for their mistakes. After her mother dies, her father suddenly enters Mukhas life. Fyodor Mukhin, a trucker, opens the door with his own key, puts his toothbrush in a cup and starts living in her house. So her father did not get burnt alive in a tank, as Mum used to tell. He just failed to show up before. Its enough for Mukha to declare war on him. This is a story about the choice each of us has to make at one point in life: the choice between freedom and responsibility for another human being. He has to prove that she needs him; to find the key to the cruel world of teenagers, which does not accept outsiders and does not spare insiders
The film features fantastic shots of everyday life in a deadbeat Russian village, from nightly marathon fights to "interactions" between colourful Russian characters. The first full-length feature film by 35-year-old Vladimir Kott is of course not a typical example of Russian cinema, but its sincerity and heartfelt candour will win the heart of anyone with an appreciation for good film.

Vladimir Kott
Russian director, born in 1973. He graduated from the Director's Faculty of GITIS (State Theatre Institute) in 1996. From 1996 to 2000 he worked as a theatre director in a number of regional theatres in Tver, Novgorod and other cities. Mukha is his first full-length film.
2008  Mukha
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