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Tania DETKINA
Таня ДЕТКИНА
Tania DETKINA
 
Russia, 2004, 80 mn 
Black and white, fiction

Pakostnik

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Пакостник

 

 Un coquin

 Pakostnik


 
Directed by : Tania DETKINA (Таня ДЕТКИНА)
Writing credits : Tania DETKINA (Таня ДЕТКИНА)
 
Cast
Aleksandra ILYENKO (Александра ИЛЬЕНКО) ...Machenko
Svetlana MALYSHEVA (Светлана МАЛЫШЕВА) ...Natacha
Anton PRIVALOV (Антон ПРИВАЛОВ) ...Vaska
Maksim ROGANOV (Максим РОГАНОВ) ...Pacha
 
Cinematography : Dobrynia MORGACHEV (Добрыня МОРГАЧЕВ)
Production design : Marina ZUBKOVA (Марина ЗУБКОВА)
Music : Sergey DETKIN (Сергей ДЕТКИН), Yura LEIKIN (Юра ЛЕЙКИН)
Sound : Anton SEMIONOV (Антон СЕМЕНОВ)
Produced by : Aleksandr GERASIMOV (Александр ГЕРАСИМОВ), Vyacheslav MAIASSOV (Вячеслав МАЯСОВ)
Production : Master-Film
Release date in Russia : 28/04/2005
 
Format : 35 mm

Plot synopsis
The watchman and caretaker Pashka has been sacked. But he decides not to leave the dacha where he works, hoping to again meet Natasha, the beautiful landlady. Natasha’s father comes instead, and tells him to leave immediately. The watchman plans to blow up the dacha owners’ dog by feeding it an explosive. He stitches up a handmade bomb and a piece of meat inside a teddy bear called Aloysius and leaves the toy in the yard of the dacha before leaving. When the dacha’s owners arrive, they gradually notice that Pashka has made small changes around the house. Natasha’s husband finds out that she had an affair; and their children tell them that Pashka is still nearby, sitting in his car. Vaska, Natasha’s six-year-old son, finds the booby-trapped teddy bear. Vaska speaks with the bear the way he used to with Pashka, debating with him about the meaning of life. The next night is cold, and Natasha visits Pashka, bringing along her husband, father, the dog and a canister of diesel fuel, with a lighter in her hand. Suddenly, Vaska rushes in with the teddy bear, which could explode at any minute. Everyone survives except the dog. Pashka saves the boy and disappears.
Source : www.berlinale.de
 

Commentaries and bibliography
Tania Detkina, The Rascal [Pakostnik] (2005), Alyssa DEBLASIO, kinokultura.com, 2005
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- Berlin International Film Festival : Berlinale, Berlin (Germany), 2005
- Festival Kinoblick, Stuttgart (Germany), 2005
- Russian Film Festival, Riga (Latvia), 2005
- International Film Festival : Pacific Meridians, Vladivostok (Russia), 2005
- Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 2005


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