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The Earthquake (2016)

Zemletryasenie (original title)
Leninakan, Armenian SSR, USSR, 1988. After the devastating Spitak earthquake of December 7th, Konstantin Berezhnoy, a 50-year-old Russian, and Robert Melkonyan, a 28-year-old Armenian, work together to rescue the desperate survivors.

Director:

Sarik Andreasyan

Writers:

Grant Barsegyan (participation) (as Hrant Barsegyan), Arsen Danielyan (participation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Konstantin Lavronenko ... Konstantin Berezhnoy
Mariya Mironova Mariya Mironova ... Anna Berezhnaya
Viktor Stepanyan Viktor Stepanyan ... Robert Melkonyan
Tatev Ovakimyan Tatev Ovakimyan ... Lilit
Michael Poghosian ... Erem
Michael Janibekyan ... Misha
Sos Janibekyan Sos Janibekyan ... Senik
Armen Markaryan Armen Markaryan ... Armen
Arevik Martirosyan ... Marina
Asmik Aleksanyan Asmik Aleksanyan ... Ashkhen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sabina Akhmedova ... Gayanz
Mikael Aramyan Mikael Aramyan ... Supen
Marjan Avetisyan Marjan Avetisyan ... Zhenshchina s rebenkom
Artyom Bystrov ... Kranovshchik
Arsen Grigoryan Arsen Grigoryan ... 'Ryzhiy'
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Leninakan, Armenian SSR, USSR, 1988. After the devastating Spitak earthquake of December 7th, Konstantin Berezhnoy, a 50-year-old Russian, and Robert Melkonyan, a 28-year-old Armenian, work together to rescue the desperate survivors.

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Drama

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Official Sites:

Mars Media [Russia]

Country:

Armenia | Russia

Language:

Armenian | Russian | French

Release Date:

13 September 2016 (Armenia) See more »

Also Known As:

Earthquake See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AMD 1,460,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,529,299 (Russia), 4 December 2016, Wide Release
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Armenia for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017. See more »

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Referenced in Vdud: Dmitriy Nagiev (2018) See more »

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Global success. Yet more of drama, than a disaster.
18 December 2016 | by topblockSee all my reviews

I'ma put on a table:

Soundtrack: A perfect duduk monologues makes you even more sentimental. Like the people saving each other on this disaster background is not enough. Actors: Close to a perfect. Armenian actors looked natively natural, Russian - as usual, knowing what they're doing, even the french guy fits in. Script: Strong and weak at the same time. Dramas played surprisingly well, but the camera was too attached to the earthquake epicenter. I think the film would have win couple of points if this catastrophe would have been shown from different angles. Including Mass Media, politicians involvement, additional forces arrival, other cities shown destroyed as well as Spitak. Without all mentioned before - it's not a "disaster movie", but a drama related to disaster. Moreover, the earthquake itself was demonstrated for merely 5 minutes. Which in turn is a disaster for "disaster movies". Of course, all mentioned above require a solid investment, which is probably the reason it didn't play out. Still' it's a solid "Russian disaster movie". All in all - it's improving as we speak. Spirit: Extremely international. A guy from Lesoto, Iceland or Nicaragua would appreciate this movie same as armenian or Russian. It has no "mother tongue", as long as you have them subtitles.

8 out of 10, and I'm tough.


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