Russia | 2012 | 128 minutes | Andrei Proshkin
In this exciting and bloody historical epic set in 14th-century Eurasia, Saint Alexius is given a world-defining task: heal the blind mother of the recently deceased Khan, or allow Europe to perish at the hands of the fearsome Mongolian Golden Horde.
May 17, 2013
SIFF Cinema Egyptian
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May 22, 2013
SIFF Cinema Egyptian
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May 31, 2013
Kirkland Performance Center
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Power rules in this exciting and bloody historical epic set in 14th-century Eurasia, the time when the Golden Horde ruled Russia and Central Asia. When the current Khan is killed by his brother Dzhanivek (Innokenti Dakaiarov), their mother Taidula must decide to persecute the conspirator or bless the new Khan's reign. Suddenly and mysteriously Taidula goes blind so she sends for Saint Alexius (Maksim Kukhanov) the Metropolitan of Moscow and Wonderworker of Russia. The new Khan threatens to burn Moscow if Saint Alexius does not cure his mother. The Horde boasts a Shakespearean performance by Roza Khairullina, who plays the blinded Taidula and was awarded Best Actress at the Moscow International Film Festival (2012) for her standout performance. Director Andrei Proshkin took the Best Director award. While there may be some controversy around archetypical depictions of life under the Golden Horde, director Proshkin defines his work as "historic fiction," saying it was not intended as a true-to-life depiction. Features rich set designs, splendid costuming, and a rebuilt city of Sarai Batu outside of Astrakhan, Russia.
Born in 1969, Andrey Proshkin studied journalism and film at Moscow State University. After working as an assistant to directors Karen Shakhnazarov and Alexander Proshkin, he made his feature debut with Spartacus & Kalashnikov (2002). His filmography includes The Games of Papillions (2004), Soldier’s Decameron (2005), Minnesota (2009) and Orange Juice (2010).
|Principal Cast:||Maksim Sukhanov, Roza Khairullina, Innokenti Dakaiarov, Aleksandr Yatsenko, Vitaliy Khaev|
|Running Time:||128 minutes|
|Producer:||Natalia Gostyushina, Sergey Kravets|
|Awards:||Moscow Film Festival 2012 (Best Director, Best Actress, NETPAC Award); Nika Awards 2013 (Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Feature, Best Set Design, Best Music, Best Costume)|
|Filmography:||Apelsinovyy sok (2010); Minnesota (2009); Soldatskiy Dekameron (2005); Igry motylkov (2004); Spartacus and Kalashnikov (2002)|