Kray (2010)



Directer:Aleksei Uchitel   Producer:Kira Saksaganskaya  Story:Aleksandr Gonorovsky Writter:Aleksandr Gonorovsky   Music:David Holmes   Cinematography:Yuri Klimenko 

Running time:124 min   Country:Russia   Language:Russian, German  

Genre:Adventure, Drama, Romance   Subtitle: English
Vladimir Mashkov ... Ignat, Yulia Peresild ... Sofia, Anjorka Strechel ... Elsa,

Sergey Garmash ... Fishman , Aleksei Gorbunov ... Kolivanov ,Vyacheslav Krikunov ... Stepan , Aleksandr Bashirov ... Zilkin , Evgeni Tkachuk ... Borka ,Vladas Bagdonas ... Butkus ,





ҧ:Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations

Golden Globes, USA
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2011 Nominated Golden Globe Best Foreign Language Film
Nika Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2011 Won Nika Best Actor
Vladimir Mashkov
Best Cinematographer
Yuri Klimenko
Best Film
2010 Nominated Nika Best Director
Aleksei Uchitel (director)
Best Film
Kira Saksaganskaya (associate producer)
Best Sound Editing
Kirill Vasilenko (sound editor)
Best Supporting Actress
Yulia Peresild (actress)

The action takes place shortly after the end of the Second World War in the Siberian hinterland, among Russians and Germans with damaged personal stories and a strange transformation: the victors seem to be crawling into the skins of the defeated, and vice versa. Ignat, is the embodiment of the larger-than-life image of the Soviet victorious warrior who, in fact, proves to be shell-shocked, sick and broken, although not completely destroyed. Trains become fetish for the heroes of the film, and speed becomes a mania; they virtually become one with their steam engines, while the machines take on human names. The heroes set up an almost fatal race in the Siberian forest, risking their own lives and those of others.

outstanding film
12 January 2011 | by jmaggot (Los Angeles)

Saw the film last night at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica as part of a special Golden Globe viewing. The subject matter of German/Russian relationships, especially during WWII were some of the darkest moments in either countries histories, so this is not an easy subject for film. I was expecting something dark and brutal, which was not the case. This film utilizes black humor very well, akin to the Czech Film Divided We Fall, but it is not a comedy. The relationship between Germany and Russia before, during, and after WWII, including what the governments want us to believe is skilfully examined via the universal truths of the human experience of the characters in the film. Although this is a Russian film, this does not mean the film is any less relevant to a German audience. You do not need to know a lot of Russian German History to understand the film, but there is one key date you do need to know, that is June 1941, when Germany broke the alliance with Russia and invaded. Great film, hope it wins.