Directed by Yuri Mamin
Yuri Mamin's bitter,
dark satire about the rise of fascism and reactionary elements in Russia is set in a small
provencial town that is home to two rival teenage gangs. Two mysterious strangers
arrive, dressed in 19th century costumes and professing their dedication to Pushkin, the
great Russian poet, and to the "salvation of Russia". The town is
transformed and ultimately controlled by them. The teenage gangs represent "the scum
of Western influence" and the Pushkin Club, enlisted by the Party to orchestrate
"a social cleaning service," is charged with eliminating them. The film's
goal is "to make people laugh at reality before they die of horror," Mamin says.
Russian with English subtitles.