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The Banishment (2007)

Izgnanie (original title)
A trip to the pastoral countryside reveals a dark, sinister reality for a family from the city.

Director:

Andrey Zvyagintsev

Writers:

William Saroyan (novel), Artyom Melkumyan (screenplay) (as Artyom Melkumian) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Konstantin Lavronenko ... Alexander
Maria Bonnevie ... Vera
Aleksandr Baluev ... Mark
Dmitriy Ulyanov Dmitriy Ulyanov ... Robert
Vitaliy Kishchenko ... German
Maksim Shibayev Maksim Shibayev ... Kir
Yekaterina Kulkina Yekaterina Kulkina ... Eva (as Katya Kulkina)
Aleksey Vertkov Aleksey Vertkov ... Max
Igor Sergeev Igor Sergeev ... Viktor
Ira Gonto Ira Gonto ... Liza
Svetlana Kashelkina Svetlana Kashelkina ... Faina
Yaroslava Nikolaeva Yaroslava Nikolaeva ... Frida
Elizabet Dantsinger Elizabet Dantsinger ... Flora
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vyacheslav Butenko Vyacheslav Butenko
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A trip to the pastoral countryside reveals a dark, sinister reality for a family from the city.

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If you want to kill, kill. If you want to forgive, forgive.

Genres:

Drama

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Details

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

18 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Banishment See more »

Filming Locations:

Charleroi, Wallonia, Belgium See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ren-TV See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film required a larger budget than it may seem because the filmmakers wanted "Izgnanie" to be "out of time and place" and did their best so the audience would not guess where and when the film took place. Even car plates and signboards were designed specially for the film. The props were bought in Germany, the "town" part of the film was shot in Belgium and northern France, and the "country" part was shot in Moldova. See more »

Connections

Featured in Metropolis: Cannes 2007 - Special (2007) See more »

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Für Alina
Composed by Arvo Pärt
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Another interpretation,another tradition
2 January 2008 | by shuseiSee all my reviews

In "The Return" we saw a citation from renaissance painting by Andrea Mantenia,"The Lamentation over the Dead Christ", which had been cited also by Tarkovsky in "Soryalis". Then we saw also black and white photography,resembling in texture to that in "The Mirror(Zerkolo)",and tracking back into the forest from open space with the water("The Mirror" and "Sacrifice"). All these citations or reminiscences naturally reminded us of Tarkovsky's cinematographic tradition. So it's not strange that Zvyagintsev was then mentioned as his successor.

But in "Izgnanie" we can see also reminiscences of another,religious and one of the greatest director;Robert Bresson. Children with a little donkey from "Au hasard, Balthazar",the use of windows and doors as symbols of human isolation,framing of shots which make us feel not too close,not too distant form characters... As far as I remember, Bresson wrote about "ironed"shots as his ideal material for editing.For him,and for Zvyagintsev,cinema is not an instrument to "move" viewers' soul,but only a key, through which every viewer's mind must find the way to the higher Order. I would say that Bresson made religious novella in laconic prose, but Zvyagintsev makes religious fable with poetic language.

In this time too, we see reminiscences of Tarkovsky(the composition and camera movement of the first shot,for example),but here an another tradition,which the director follows, is clearly shown.


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