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Russia, 2010, 154 mn 
Colour, fiction


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Directed by : Aleksandr ZELDOVICH (Александр ЗЕЛЬДОВИЧ)
Writing credits : Vladimir SOROKIN (Владимир СОРОКИН), Aleksandr ZELDOVICH (Александр ЗЕЛЬДОВИЧ)
Vitali KISHCHENKO (Виталий КИЩЕНКО) ...Nikolaï
Danila KOZLOVSKY (Данила КОЗЛОВСКИЙ) ...Mitya
Daniela STOYANOVICH (Даниэла СТОЯНОВИЧ) ...Anna
Maksim SUKHANOV (Максим СУХАНОВ) ...Viktor
Cinematography : Aleksandr ILKHOVSKY (Александр ИЛЬХОВСКИЙ)
Production design : Yuri KHARIKOV (Юрий ХАРИКОВ), Vladimir RODIMIN (Владимир РОДИМИН)
Other persons :
Cast : Justine WADDELL

Awards :
Best Cinematography Aleksandr ILKHOVSKY , Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2011
Best Set Decoration Yuri KHARIKOV , Vladimir RODIMIN , Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2011
Best music Igor DESYATNIKOV , Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2011
Best music Leonid DESIATNIKOV , "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2011

Plot synopsis
Russia in the year 2020. The country is booming. Vast mineral deposits and the mighty Guangzhou–Paris transportation corridor ensure a healthy balance at the treasury. At the same time, the political system has managed to merge Russian traditions with international developments and so now, Russia is an ecological democracy where every citizen has found their rightful place. In order to be correctly placed in this social hierarchy, every few years, all Russians are required to take an exam. The four protagonists of this film are members of the country’s elite. Victor is a minister responsible for the state’s natural resources. Zoya is his wife. Her brother, Mitya is a well-known television celebrity and Nicolai is a colonel assigned to the Guangzhou–Paris rail corridor. They have everything that money can buy. What they lack is youth and happiness. But they are determined to recover both. Somewhere in the Altai mountains is a secret plant, once an institute of astrophysics during the Soviet era, that contains a large dish, known as the ‘target’. For anyone spending a certain amount of time at its centre, it is like stepping into a fountain of youth, and their mind and body are rejuvenated …
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Commentaries and bibliography
Aleksandr Zel’dovich : The Target (Mishen’, 2011), Barbara WURM, Article,, 2011
Review by Barbara Wurm, Kinokultura

Selected in the following festivals :
- Internet-festival "Rossiskaya Gazeta" Dubl DV@, Different cities (Russia), 2013
- Subversive Film Festival, Zagreb (Croatia), 2012
- International Film Festival Tarkovski, Ivanovo (Russia), 2012
- San Francisco International Film Festival, San Francisco (USA), 2012
- Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival : PÖFF, Tallinn (Estonia), 2011
- Berlin International Film Festival : Berlinale, Berlin (Germany), 2011
- Lisbon and Estoril Film Festival, Estoril (Portugal), 2011
- "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2011
- Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2011
- International Film Festival : Pacific Meridians, Vladivostok (Russia), 2011
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2011
- Festival of Festivals, St Petersburg (Russia), 2011
- Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya, Sitges (Spain), 2011
- Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival : NIFF, Neuchâtel (Switzerland), 2011
- Russian Film Festival, London (United Kingdom), 2011
- The Times BFI London Film Festival, London (United Kingdom), 2011
- AFI Fest, Los Angeles (USA), 2011
- Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago (USA), 2011

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