The Geographer Drank His Globe Away
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Russia | 2013 | 120 minutes | Alexander Veledinsky
Middle-aged mess Viktor Sluzhkin takes a job as a geography teacher, promising his successful students an end-of-the-year trip. This prize-winning and quirky tragicomedy centers on an unorthodox, maverick teacher who may have lost his way, but never his optimism or empathy.
May 25, 2014
Lincoln Square Cinemas
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June 7, 2014
AMC Pacific Place 11
|9:30 PM||Date has passed|
Viktor Sergeyevich Sluzhkin is an outsider good-guy anti-hero. A middle-aged Russian “Ivan the Fool,” he’s a drinker, married with a young daughter, flirts with other women and encourages his best friend to have an affair with his wife. An unemployed biologist suffering from lack of money, Sluzhkin, takes a job as a geography teacher in a local secondary school in the city of Perm. Exerting authority is not his forte and the school disapproves of his teaching methods. Regardless, Sluzhkin has a way with his students and promises what turns out to be a fateful and thrilling end-of-the-year river rafting trip for those who get good grades. Subtle actor Konstantin Khabensky (Day Watch, Night Watch) inhabits his best role ever, emanating a complex and completely believable maverick that has lost his way but never his optimism or empathy. The Geographer Drank His Globe Away is an adaptation of the Russian bestselling novel by Alexei Ivanov. Director Alexander Veledinsky transplanted his film adaptation from the novel’s 1990s to the present day. His quirky tragicomedy has won the main prizes at 2013 Odessa International Film Festival, Open Russian Film Festival ‘Kinotavr’ in Sochi, and Best Film at the 2014 NIKA Awards.
Alexander Veledinsky was born in 1959 in Gorki. He graduated in 2000 with his short film You and Me, Both of Us, nominated in Cannes' Un Certain Regard category. Veledinsky has also written for several television shows. The Geographer Drank His Globe Away is his third feature.
|Principal Cast:||Anfisa Chernykh, Ilya Ilinyh, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Eugenia Khirivskaya|
|Running Time:||120 minutes|
|Screenplay:||Alexander Veledinsky, Rauf Kubaev, Valeri Torodovsky|
|Editors:||Tatyana Prilenskaya, Aleksander Veledinskiy|
|Awards:||Odessa International Film Festival 2013 (Audience Award, Best Film), Kinotavr Film Festival 2013 (Best Camera, Music), Nika Awards 2014 (Best Film, Director, Actor, Actress, Score)|
|Filmography:||Alive (2006); It’s Russian (2004)|
|International Sales:||Antipode Sales & Distribution|