Directed by Pavel Lounguine
Winner of the 1990
Nika Awards for Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Actor and Best Writer, Pavel
Lounguine's first feature is a critique of contemporary Soviet society. Captured
through the bleak and paternalistic relationship of a brutish, narrow-minded Moscow
cabdriver and an alcoholic Jewish musician, the characters become symbols of
the Old and New Russia. A French/Soviet co-production with excellent lead
performances of Piotr Mamonov and Piotr Zaitchenko. "An edgy, energetic
burst of new wave cynicism...The most intriguing film to emerge from the
Soviet Union since the advent of Perestroika." - Jack Garner, Gannet
News Service. "A caustic comedy of startling
originality." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. "As
bold and shocking as Scorsese's "Taxi
Driver"." - Kathleen Carroll, Daily News.
Russian with English
subtitles, Color. 110 minutes.