The opening film of VII Russian Film Festival.
In 1565, Ivan the Terrible, Tsar of Russia suffers a defeat in the long war against Poland. Around him, he can see only treachery. To struggle against the traitors, he creates a personal guard, the “Tsar’s Dogs”, whose sign of recognition is a dog’s head attached to their saddles. The Tsar’s Dogs plunge Russia into a blood bath. In alarm, the Metropolitan, the Head of the Russian Church, takes refuge in a monastery. Ivan the Terrible, believing that he can understand and interpret the signs, sees the Last Judgment approaching. So he sends for Metropolitan Philip, his childhood friend, the Superior of the monastery on the Solovki Islands. The latter, attempting to save the innocent from the Tsar’s cruelty, fights increasingly against the Tsar’s power. There is thus a clash between two violently and diametrically opposite visions of the world, smashing morality and justice, God and men.
Cannes Film Festival, 2009 – Official Selection – Un Certain Regard;
Moscow IFF, 2009 – “Opening Film”
Cast: Pyotr Mamonov, Oleg Yankovsky, Yury Kuznetsov, Ramilya Iskander, Aleksandr Domogarov, Ivan Okhlobystin, Alexei Frandetti, Alexei Makarov, Nastia Dontsova, Ville Haapasalo
Directed by Pavel Lungin
Script: Alexei Ivanov, Pavel Lungin
Producer: Pavel Lungin
Movie in Russian.
Alexander Studio Group