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Istoriya odnogo naznacheniya (2018)

The shrill and tragic story about an event that involved Count Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy.


Dunya Smirnova


Pavel Basinsky (screenplay), Anna Parmas (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
5 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksey Smirnov Aleksey Smirnov ... Grigoriy Apollonovich Kolokoltsev, porochik
Filipp Gurevich Filipp Gurevich ... Vasily Stepanovich Shabunin, rotnyi pisar
Yevgeniy Kharitonov Yevgeniy Kharitonov ... Leo Tolstoy
Irina Gorbachova ... Sophia Tolstaya
Lukasz Simlat ... Kazimir Yacevich
Sergey Umanov Sergey Umanov ... Aleksandr Matveyevich Stasyulevich, praporschik
Elizaveta Yankovskaya Elizaveta Yankovskaya ... Tatyana Andreevna Bers, sestra Sofyi Tolstoy
Aleksey Makarov ... Sergey Tolstoy
Anna Mikhalkova ... Anna Ivanovna, uchitelnitsa nigilistka
Igor Zolotovitskiy ... Nikolay Ilyich, upravlyayuchi
Andrey Smirnov ... Apollon Kolokoltsev, general
Gennadiy Smirnov Gennadiy Smirnov ... Pyotr Alekseevich Yunosha, polkovnik
Kirill Vasilev Kirill Vasilev ... Bobylyov, feldfebel
Anna Rytsareva Anna Rytsareva ... Dashutka
Tatyana Kolganova Tatyana Kolganova ... Akulina


The shrill and tragic story about an event that involved Count Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy. In an infantry regiment of the military based in the Tula region an offence occurs. In this regiment, the capital's lieutenant Grigory Kolokoltsev - inspired by progressive ideas - does his service. A military tribunal and execution await the soldier charged with the offence. Kolokoltsev asks Count Tolstoy for help - and he decides to protect the innocent man. The pointed history about the complexity of choice and fidelity to one's ideals is based on real events.

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6 September 2018 (Russia) See more »

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$618,086 (estimated)
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Bracings & Traditions (or what Russia stays of)
14 September 2018 | by CupPustaSee all my reviews

If present official Russian teachings place country's great (military) victories into a foundation stone of this state - then this biopic is not for you. Count Leo Tolstoy (born aristocrat, former officer and gambler, but in his mature years one of worlds' greatest humanitarian) wrote several stories depicting the Great Empire's reality. In this reality, if you have to survive, you better turn into a shrewed bureaucrat (or a low rank cheater) - and let all your youth ideals go. Russian Empire is the state to die for - and it feasts on deaths to survive. Faults are covered, or blamed on lower class, (apparently faulted) victimized individuals whose life cost nothing laid into unmarked graves and over our borders are our enemies only - all those values are seen in later days as well (compare with those of Stalin, or from present time). Authors show us a mirror to see us present through our past. Widows, corruption - who cares... As long as our victories are with us, and Czar (the Father) is well and alive in his grandiose - the country stays. Take all that away - what will be left of it?...

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