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Vechera na khutore bliz Dikanki (2001)

On Christmas Eve in rural Ukraine, handsome but poor Vakula the blacksmith pursues the beautiful Oxana with the help of the Devil.



(short novel "Night Before Christmas"),
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oleg Skripka ...
Ani Lorak ...
Chyort / Top Hat / The Devil
Lolita Milyavskaya ...
Yuriy Mazhuga ...
Alena Vinnitskaya ...
Oksana's Friend
Nadezhda Granovskaya ...
Oksana's Friend
VIA Gra ...
Oksana's Friends
Olexandr Ponomaryov ...
Vakula's Friend
Andrey Kuzmenko ...
Vakula's Friend
Viktor Stepanov ...
Anatoliy Dyachenko ...
Vladimir Goryanskiy ...
Vitaliy Linetskiy ...


In the remote Ukrainian village of Dikanka, handsome but poor Vakula loves the beautiful Oxana, but she's holding out for a wealthy prince, and her father doesn't think much of him either. On Christmas Eve she sends him on a ridiculous quest for dancing shoes that takes him all the way to the imperial palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia, with the help of some odd characters from the village and the Devil himself. Written by Utopius

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Release Date:

31 December 2001 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka  »

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1.33 : 1
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A portrait of Nikolai Gogol, writer of the original short novel can be seen in a house just before the end credits start. See more »


Version of Noch pered Rozhdestvom (1997) See more »


Pesnya Oksany
("Oksana's Song")
Words and Music by Konstantin Meladze
Sung by Ani Lorak
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an assault on classics
29 August 2010 | by (NY, USA (mostly)) – See all my reviews

The gentleman from Canada in his review pointed that this film may be of interest to the Slavs. I happen to be of Slavic culture and obviously read Gogol in original, but to me this film is simply an atrocious adaptation attempt. You'll be better served by a 1961 version of Gogol's novel. This one is simply a sub-product of overbearing c-grade pop culture, loaded with bad acting, inferior directing skills and underlined by incoherent script. While there have been a few examples of talented adaptations on Putin-controlled television, this is not one of those. You'll have much better December 31 if you skip this vulgar nonsense in all entirety. However, if you have had a kilo of vodka by mid-afternoon, hit that play button, it might merge well with deep intoxication. After all this was the intended audience for this opus. Philip Kirkorov in Gogol's novel? Hey, this definitely caused the classic to turn in his grave.

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