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Director
Alexander Mindadze

Filmography
2007 Otriv/Soar
2011 V Subbotu/Innocent Saturday

Biography
He was born in 1949 in Moscow and is considered one of Russia’s most acclaimed writers and directors. Early in his career, he teamed up with distinguished Russian director Vadim Abdrashitov, with whom he collaborated on eleven films. The film Plumbum was awarded the Golden Medal at the Venice Film Festival in 1986, and the Mindadze-Abdrashitov duo won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1995 for the film A Play for a Passenger. In 2007, his first directed feature film Soar premiered at the International Film Festival in Venice. In Russia, the film won the award for Best Debut Film.

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Innocent Saturday / Alexander Mindadze

Saturday, 26 April 1986. A reactor tower has exploded in the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The Communist Party leadership remains silent. But Valery Kabysh, a one-time percussionist and now a young, loyal Party official, observes the panic of those in charge and realizes that every second counts. This is the story of his failed escape. Valery tries to leave the city with his girlfriend and his musician friends – but life simply won’t let him. It’s Saturday, people are out strolling, shopping, celebrating weddings. In this carefree weekend bustle, every attempt to flee is doomed. A wedding calls for music till the very end. Vera has to sing, the musicians have to play, and Valery has to take over for the drunken drummer. Even when Valery’s band knows what is really going on, they continue to celebrate.


Director:Alexander Mindadze
Script:Alexander Mindadze
Cinematography:Oleg Mutu
Editing:Dasha Danilova, Ivan Lebedev
Music:Mihail Kovalev
Costumes:Irina Grazdankina, Ekaterina Himicheva
With:Anton Shagin, Svetlana Smirnova-Marcinkevich, Stanislav Rjadinskij, Vasilij Guzov, Aleksej Demidov, Vjacheslav Petkun, Sergej Gromov, Uljana Fomicheva
World Sales:Bavaria Media GmbH, Germany T. +49 89 6499 2686 F. +49 89 6499 3720 international@bavaria-film.de www.bavaria-film-international.com
Production Design:Denis Bauer
Producer:Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergej Melkumov, Matthias Esche, Philipp Kreuzer, Alexander Mindadze, Dmitri Efremov, Oleg Kokhan
Production:Passanger Film, Russia passenger_group@mail.ru & Bavaria Pictures, (Germany), Non Stop Production (Russia), SOTA Cinema Group (Ukraine)
Production Country:Russia-Germany-Ukraine
Format:35mm Color
Duration:99'
Production Year:2011
Best Debuting Actress, Special Prize - KhantyMansiysk FF, Ukraine 2011, Golden Iris Award & Young Jury Award - Brussels FF 2011
Screening Schedule
FRIDA LIAPPA:Friday, November 04, 2011 - 18:00 | ID:044
STAVROS TORNES:Sunday, November 06, 2011 - 15:30 | ID:263
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