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A young writer brings a collection of short stories to a big Moscow publishing house. The manuscript stays at the office and mysteriously influences the lives of anyone who opens it and ... See full summary »

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Mikhail Segal

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Mikhail Segal
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrey Merzlikin ... Event Planner
Darya Nosik ... Olga
Andrey Petrov Andrey Petrov ... Mitya
Igor Ugolnikov ... President
Sergey Fetisov Sergey Fetisov ... Governor
Vasiliy Michkov Vasiliy Michkov ... (as Vasily Michkov)
Tamara Mironova Tamara Mironova ... Anna Petrovna
Roman Dervoed Roman Dervoed ... Lieutenant
Konstantin Yushkevich ... Maks
Lyubov Aksyonova ... Girl (as Lyubov Novikova)
Vladislav Leshkevich Vladislav Leshkevich ... Writer
Olga Porubleva Olga Porubleva ... Waitress
Aleksei Smirnov Aleksei Smirnov ... Accordionist
Polina Kasyanova Polina Kasyanova ... Singer
Kseniya Chesnokova Kseniya Chesnokova ... Lena No. 1
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A young writer brings a collection of short stories to a big Moscow publishing house. The manuscript stays at the office and mysteriously influences the lives of anyone who opens it and reads at least one page. There are four stories in the manuscript, and four readers whose lives are changed after reading them. The situations range from realistic to absurd to thrilling to create a rich portrait of life in contemporary Russia and showcase the thoughts, feelings and ambitions of people who live there. Written by Anonymous

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15 November 2012 (Russia) See more »

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Creating a novel on film
5 May 2013 | by plamya-1See all my reviews

This film was shown on the closing night of the Russian Film Symposium at Pittsburgh Filmmakers screening room, which was the ideal venue for such a film. This is the director's first major film and has been hailed as inaugurating a new period in Post-Soviet Russian filmmaking. As such, of course, its depths are scarcely perceptible without some knowledge of the Soviet past.

A writer presents his manuscript to a publishing house, which rejects it. One by one, however, members of the editorial board retrieve the manuscript from the waste basket, each reading a different one of the four short stories, which they endow with the physical details of their imaginations. Thus the film as a whole creates a novel in the mind of the viewer through visual details and unexpected juxtapositions. There is a good deal of humor, with a deeply ironic Russian edge.


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