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An adopted woman returns to her home country and the family home that she never knew and must face the mystery that lies there. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Anastasia Hille ... Marie Jones

Karel Roden ... Nicolai

Valentin Ganev ... Andrei Misharin / Kolya Kaidavosky
Paraskeva Djukelova ... Marie's Mother

Carlos Reig-Plaza ... Anatoliy
Kalin Arsov ... Bearded Russian Patriarch Man '1966'
Svetlana Smoleva ... Bearded Patriarch's wife '1966'
Anna Panayotova ... Bearded Patriarch's daughter '1966'
Jordanka Angelova ... Blind Woman 'present day'
Valentin Goshev ... Patriarch - present day
Jasmina Marinova ... Patriarch's Wife
Monica Baunova ... Emily
Marta Yaneva ... Natalya
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Directed by
Nacho Cerdà 
Writing credits
Karim Hussain (screenplay) &
Nacho Cerdà (screenplay) &
Richard Stanley (screenplay)

Produced by
Carola Ash .... associate producer: Future Films
Kwesi Dickson .... co-producer
Carlos Fernández .... executive producer
Julio Fernández .... executive producer
Julio Fernández .... producer
Teresa Gefaell .... line producer
José Luis Jiménez .... line producer
Stephen Margolis .... co-executive producer
Albert Martinez Martin .... associate producer: Future Films
Alexander Metodiev .... producer: Bulgaria
Antonia Nava .... co-executive producer
Mario Reinach .... line producer
Gergana Stankova .... consulting producer
Original Music by
Alfons Conde 
Cinematography by
Xavi Giménez (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jorge Macaya 
Casting by
Steve Daly 
Luci Lenox 
Production Design by
Balter Gallart 
Art Direction by
Rossitsa Bakeva 
Balter Gallart 
Set Decoration by
Jasen Kovachev  (as Yasen Kovachev)
Tzvetana Yankova 
Costume Design by
Sandra Klincheva 
Makeup Department
Dave Bonneywell .... special makeup effects artist
Alma Casal .... makeup department head
Alan Hedgcock .... special makeup effects designer
Jennifer Latour .... special makeup effects technician
Steve Painter .... special makeup effects technician
Anthony Parker .... special makeup effects artist
Simon Rose .... special makeup effects technician
John Schoonraad .... special makeup effects technician
Bill Turpin .... special makeup effects technician
Yolanda M. Valbuena .... key hairdresser
Cliff Wallace .... special makeup effects designer
Production Management
Steve Cooke .... additional post-production supervisor
Mariano Liwski .... post-production supervisor
Juanlo Prada Garrudo .... unit production manager (as Lorenzo Prada)
Jesús L. Pérez Villar .... post-production manager (as Jesus Perez Viullar)
Radost Todorova .... unit production manager: Bulgaria
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Desislava Apostolova .... third assistant director (as Desislava Nikolova)
Guillermo Escribano .... first assistant director
Guillermo Escribano .... second unit director
Daniel Rivero .... second assistant director
Antony Tanev .... second assistant director
Milena Mihaylova .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Rossitsa Bakeva .... art director: Bulgaria (as Rosi Bakeva)
Bogdan Bogdanov .... carpenter
Viktor Budinov .... art department laborer
Elisabet Castellví .... assistant to art director (as Elisabet Castells)
Atanas Cherkezov .... art department laborer
Raul Gall .... graphic designer: Filmax Entertainment
Ricard Garcia .... graphic designer: Filmax Entertainment
Nikolai Goranov .... props (as Nikolay Goranov)
Jordi Gramunt .... graphic designer: Filmax Entertainment
Jaume Granell .... graphic designer: Filmax Entertainment
Orlin Grozdanov .... stand-by props
Karmen Ivanov .... props (as Karmen Ivanov)
Tsvetan Ivanov .... art department laborer
Albert Rodríguez Modolell .... storyboard artist (as Albert Rodriguez)
Irena Nikolich .... painter
Anna Quintana .... graphic artist: Image Film
Ivan Ranghelov .... property master (as Ivan Rangelov)
Laura Raventós .... storyboard compositor (as Laura Raventos)
Jordi Segarra .... graphic design manager: Filmax Entertainment
Sergi Segarra .... graphic designer: Filmax Entertainment
Chavdar Simeonov .... stand-by props
Eleonora Slavkova .... painter
Todor Todorov .... art director: Bulgaria
Todor Tunov .... set dresser
Vasil Vardarov .... art department laborer
Zamfir Zamfirov .... props
Sound Department
Hugo Adams .... foley editor
Alexander Bachvarov .... sound engineer (as Alexander Bacharov)
Paula Boram .... foley artist
James Clark .... sound studio assistant
Adam Daniel .... assistant to additional sound mixer
Graham Daniel .... additional sound mixer
Josep Ferrer Calderon .... sound studio manager
Nick Foley .... assistant adr mixer
Nick Foley .... assistant foley mixer
Glenn Freemantle .... sound designer
Diane Greaves .... foley artist (as Dianne Greaves)
Nina Hartstone .... adr editor
Nina Hartstone .... dialogue editor
Meritxell Juncosa .... sound production coordinator
Raul Lucca .... technical assistant: sound
Raúl Marsal .... assistant to re-recording mixer (as Raul Marsal)
Ivaylo Natzev .... boom operator (as Ivo Natzev)
Marc Orts .... sound re-recording mixer
Jaume Puig .... sound consultant: Dolby
David Sares .... technical director: sound (as David 'Señor Lobo' Sares)
Krasimir Shtabekov .... boom operator (as Krasi Shtabekov)
Ruth Sullivan .... foley artist
Ted Swanscott .... adr mixer
Ted Swanscott .... foley mixer
Keith Tinman .... sound effects editor
Andrew Wilkinson .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Ivan Busquets .... special effects supervisor: Infinia
Vasko Dikov .... key effects (uncredited)
Peter Hawkins .... animatronics (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Joan Aliaga .... conformist: IFilm
Susana Argila .... digital effects compositor: Infinia
Álex Blasco .... digital effects compositor: Infinia (as Alex Blasco)
Ivan Busquets .... visual effects supervisor: Infinia
Diana Cuyas .... visual effects video: Infinia
Albert Garcia Gil .... digital effects compositor: Infinia (as Albert Garcia)
Mikel Gómez .... digital effects compositor: Infinia (as Mikel Gomez)
Ricard Juan .... conformist: IFilm
Mariano Liwski .... visual effects supervisor
Ramon Muñoz .... visual effects video: Infinia
Quico Noizeux .... digital effects compositor: Infinia
Antonio Olmedo .... visual effects video: Infinia
Jordi Pasto .... visual effects video: Infinia
Sandra Picher .... digital effects coordinator: Infinia
Fernando Poyatos .... visual effects video: Infinia
Joan Salomo .... systems administrator: Infinia
Jordi San Agustín .... digital effects compositor: Infinia (as Jordi San Augustin)
Jordi San Agustín .... visual effects supervisor: Infinia (as Jordi San Augustin)
Jose Antonio Santiago .... systems administrator: Infinia
Iñaki Sánchez .... systems administrator: Infinia (as Iñaki Sanchez)
Ramón Sánchez .... visual effects video: Infinia
Jaime Torelló .... digital effects compositor: Infinia (as Jamie Torello)
Caye Utrilla .... digital graphic artist: Infinia
Joan Carles Vendrell .... CG animation artist: Infinia
Jordi Xereavins .... digital graphic artist: Infinia
Georgi Dimitrov .... stunts
Todor Lazarov .... stunts
Svetoslav Rangelov .... stunt coordinator (as Svetoslav Ranghelov)
Raicho Vasilev .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Emilian Atanasov .... electrician
Yana Bajeva .... still photographer
Carlos Cabeceran .... Steadicam operator (as Carles Cabeceran)
Ferran Calvó .... second assistant camera (as Ferran Calvo)
Albert Carreras .... camera operator
Francesc Carreras .... first assistant camera
Beatriz Delgado .... video operator
Desislav Dimitrov .... crane technician: HotHead
Georgy Dimitrov .... crane technician: HotHead (as Georgi Dimitrov)
Liudmil Donchev .... video assistant
Óscar Faura .... director of photography: second unit (as Oscar Faura)
Nedialko Georgiev .... key grip
Penko Ivanov .... best boy
Martin Kotev .... electrician
Mihail Kotev .... assistant video: second unit
Petko Lungov .... electrician
Manol Mitrev .... electrician
Anton Nakov .... assistant camera: second unit
Strahil Predov .... gaffer (as Strahil Pradov)
Nedko Tanev .... key grip
Stefan Todorov .... underwater camera operator
Angel Vladimirov .... grip
Vladimir Vladov .... electrician
Iliya Yonev .... grip (as Ilia Yonev)
Casting Department
Jay Benedict .... adr voice casting: United Kingdom
Phoebe Scholfield .... adr voice casting: United Kingdom
Pep Armengol .... casting associate (uncredited)
Pep Armengol .... casting: Spain (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elena Demyakova .... wardrobe (as Elena Dimiakova)
Doriana Kebedzhieva .... wardrobe (as Doriana Kebedjieva)
Editorial Department
Pepe Alonso .... transfer operator: Image Film
Santi Bonet .... editor: post-production, Image Film
Félix Bueno .... post-production assistant (as Felix Bueno)
José Calderón .... editor: post-production, Image Film (as Jose Calderon)
Marel Camarena .... digital intermediate laboratory coordinator
Quique Cañadas .... colorist: IFilm
Álex De Molena .... post-production assistant (as Alex de Molina)
Álex de Molina .... post-production assistant
Mariel Fontes .... color grader: Image Film
Jorge Gonzalez .... digital intermediate systems administrator: IFilm
Jose M. Martinez .... video editor: Avid, Infinia
Laura Maynadé .... digital intermediate coordinator: IFilm (as Laura Maynade)
Nacho Melero .... scanning and film recording: Image Film
Rumen Mitov .... assistant editor: Bulgaria
Martí Roca .... assistant editor: Spain (as Marti Roca)
Laura Sánchez .... film scanner: IFilm (as Laura Sanchez)
Todor G. Todorov .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Mikael Carlsson .... soundtrack producer
Alfons Conde .... orchestrator
Asier Crespo .... assistant to sound engineer and mixer
Keto Kolektiboa .... musicians: choir
Juan Antonio Ros .... music mixer (as Juanan Ros)
Juan Antonio Ros .... music producer (as Juanan Ros)
Juan Antonio Ros .... music sound engineer (as Juanan Ros)
Javier Sagastume .... conductor: choir
Vladimir Ziva .... conductor
Other crew
Mar Abadín .... sales executive: Filmax Entertainment (as Mar Abadin)
Eduardo Albaladejo .... management of rights: Filmax Entertainment
Víctor Antolín .... product manager theratrical: Filmax Entertainment (as Victor Antolin)
Jordi Aragay .... accounting coordinator
Oriol Aragay .... accountant director: Filmax Entertainment
Eduardo Balada .... financial manager: Filmax Entertainment
Barbara Barnes .... loop group voice
Tim Bentinck .... loop group voice
Mary Brites .... controller
Rafael Cabrera .... head of international division: Filmax Entertainment
Vicente Canales .... head of sales: Filmax Entertainment
Elena Cano .... tv sales manager: Filmax Entertainment
Jordi Carbonell .... web development: Filmax Entertainment
Cristina Caro .... head of servicing and traffic: Filmax Entertainment
Cristina Carro .... head of servicing and traffic: Filmax Entertainment
Katia Casariego .... press & promotion department: Filmax Entertainment
M. Dolores Clemente .... general managing assistant: Filmax Entertainment
Raquel Clemente .... tv sales executive director: Filmax Entertainment
Cristina Coll .... financial department: Filmax Entertainment
Janie Dahn .... booking coordinator
Adam Daniel .... assistant to additional sound mixer
Manuel del Val .... head of theatrical distribution: Filmax Entertainment
Alfonso Delgado .... computer department: Filmax Entertainm
Valentin Dimitrov .... location manager
Ana Domínguez .... production secretary (as Ana Dominguez)
Francisco Domínguez .... operations manager: Filmax Entertainment (as Francisco Dominquez)
Eugenia Donde .... loop group voice
Toni Duch .... location manager
Carlos Díaz .... brand manager theatrical: Filmax Entertainment (as Carlos Diaz)
Iván Díaz .... head of tv sales: Filmax Entertainment (as Ivan Diaz)
Sandra Ejarque .... press & promotion department: Filmax Entertainment
Silvia Elguer .... head of executive staff: Filmax Entertainment
Olegar Fedoro .... dialogue coach: Russian ADR
Sandra Fernandez .... general managing consultant: Filmax Entertainment
Aline Flores .... legal affairs
Tania Gauder .... legal affairs
Clare Gaunt .... servicing and traffic: Filmax Entertainment
François Georges-Picot .... legal affairs
Martin Georgiev .... runner
Santiago Gimeno .... general manager: TV, Filmax Entertainment
Sergio Guirado .... financial department: Filmax Entertainment
Biser Kazakov .... stand-in: Micharin
Nikolai Kerezov .... making-of (as Nikolay Kerezov)
Larissa Kouznetsova .... loop group voice
Galina Kraichovska .... stand-in: Marie
Yavor Kunovski .... stand-in: Nikolai
Yolanda Lara .... financial department: Filmax Entertainment
Sandra Lomeña .... financial department: Filmax Entertainment (as Sandra Lomena)
Jaume Marfá .... controller: Filmax Entertainment (as Jaume Marfa)
Ricky Margolis .... international marketing: Filmax Entertainment
Alberto Marini .... development executive
Lidia Martinez .... financial department: Filmax Entertainment
Ramón Martos .... laboratory manager: Image Film (as Ramon Martos)
Mila Maslarova .... script supervisor
Moira McMillan .... legal affairs
Tonya Mikova .... dialogue coach: russian (as Tania Mikova)
Aitor Montánchez .... tv production executive director: Filmax Entertainment (as Aitor Montanchez)
Manuel Monzón .... development executive (as Manuel Monzon)
Helena Moreno Núñez .... development executive (as Helena Moreno)
Alessandra Moresco .... production coordinator: Future Films
Peter Nikolov .... armourer
Manuel Olguín .... internet manager: Filmax Entertainment (as Manuel Olguin)
Anna Oms .... documentation: Filmax Entertainment
Victor Padró .... computer department: Filmax Entertainm (as Victor Padro)
Maria Parrón .... head of business and legal affairs (as Maria Parron)
Ainhoa Pernaute .... press & promotion department: Filmax Entertainment
Augustín Pitarch .... general managing consultant: Filmax Entertainment (as Agustin Pitarch)
Natasha Radski .... loop group voice
Raquel Ramos .... management of rights: Filmax Entertainment
Michal Ravid-Ganot .... legal affairs: Future Films
Ariane Riera .... press & promotion department: Filmax Entertainment
Mathieu Robinet .... assistant production coordinator: Future Films
Ovidio Rodríguez .... treasury manager: Filmax Entertainment (as Ovidio Rodriguez)
Carlos Rojano .... marketing and commercial director: Filmax Entertainment
Sonia Roldán .... financial department: Filmax Entertainment (as Sonia Roldan)
Maxine Ross .... runner: Future Films
Rosa M'Porras Rueda .... financial department: Filmax Entertainment (as Rosa M. Porras)
María Ríos .... computer department: Filmax Entertainment (as Maria Rios)
Martin Samper .... marketing and promotion
Elena Serra .... story editor
Elisa Sirvent .... production coordinator
Xavier Soriano .... communications manager: Filmax Entertainment
Gergana Stankova .... assistant production coordinator
Oleg Stepanov .... loop group voice
Patricia Sánchez .... financial department: Filmax Entertainment (as Patricia Sanchez)
David Tardà .... web development: Filmax Entertainment (as David Tarda)
Alejandro Torres .... title designer
Julio Torres .... title designer
Maria Tsakova .... cashier
Dimitra Tsingou .... legal affairs: Future Films
Jorge Tuca .... project development
Manel Vicaria .... head of press & promotion department: Filmax Entertainment
M. Laura Villaverde .... financial department: Filmax Entertainment
Manuel Yebra .... assistant to co-executive producer
Alessandra Moresco .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Mathieu Robinet .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Martin Samper .... making-of crew coordinator (uncredited)
Luis de la Madrid .... thanks
Jordi Díaz .... thanks (as Jordi Diaz)
Josep Ferrer Calderon .... thanks
David Kristian .... thanks
Octavi Segarra .... thanks

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Rated R for violence/gore, some disturbing images, nudity and language
99 min
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A few weeks before the production started Richard Stanley came in to rewrite the final production draft with director 'Nacho Cerda' because Karim Hussain was in Montreal preparing The Beautiful Beast (2006).See more »
Continuity: After Marie rows across the river and starts walking, the boat started to float away. The first shot shows the front of the boat (pointed end) toward Marie, moving backward. The second shot shows the boat moving forward with the rear facing Marie. Then the last shot of the boat shows the front pointing toward Marie again moving backward.See more »
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24 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Russia 40 years later, 24 February 2007
Author: carterkellysoccer from United States

Taking us back and forth 40 years in Russia and it is obvious not a lot has changed from 1966 up until today, I found this to be an exceptional use of location to create a dark eerie presence and visual display on screen. Director Nacho Cerda got the most out of the 2 lead roles (Anastasia Hille and Karel Roden), I had never seen either one of them and I think they did a reasonably good job working out the kinks of the film. The story is the only thing that really bothered me, I tried to stay with it but honestly there were some times that I did get a little lost but every time I found myself wondering what was going on, the characters answered my questions. I was wondering how Nicolai got to the house and Marie asked him that very question. I thought the movie was well thought out and sound affects and visuals really helped draw you in to the film. A lot of moments that made my wife jump and grab my arm tighter.

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