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CARGO 200

Russia, 2007 (MIFF 2008, International Panorama)

Director: Aleksey Balabanov

CARGO 200

"In its lawlessness and chaos, the Russia of 1984 was every bit as grotesque as anything dreamed up in the realms of modernist fiction." - Screen Daily

Set on the eve of Perestroika, Cargo 200 reveals a society contaminated by violence, where rape and kidnapping are rife and men drink themselves into vodka stupors. A lunatic police captain takes the law into his own hands, kidnapping the daughter of a local Communist Party leader, and causing mayhem and murder on the outskirts of town.
A crime story transformed into a portrait of a society teetering at the brink of social revolution, Alexey Balabanov's (Brother, Of Freaks and Men) 11th feature has been hailed by Russian critics as the most honest Russian film in years.


D/S Alexey Balabanov P Sergey Selianov WS Intercinema
L Russian w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2007/89mins

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