Russia, 2002, 115mn 
Colour, fiction
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 La Guerre


Directed by : Aleksey BALABANOV (Алексей БАЛАБАНОВ)
Writing credits : Ales ADAMOVICH (Алесь АДАМОВИЧ), Aleksey BALABANOV (Алексей БАЛАБАНОВ)
Aleksey_2 ALEKSEYEV (Алексей_2 АЛЕКСЕЕВ) ...Soldat
Sergey BODROV (jr.) (Сергей БОДРОВ (мл.)) ...Capitaine Medvedev
Aleksey CHADOV (Алексей ЧАДОВ) ...Ivan Ermakov
Ingeborga DAPKUNAITE (Ингеборга ДАПКУНАЙТЕ) ...Margaret
Vladimir GOSTIUKHIN (Владимир ГОСТЮХИН) ...Père d'Ivan
Georgi GURGULIYA (Георгий ГУРГУЛИЯ) ...Aslan
Viktoria SMIRNOVA (Виктория СМИРНОВА)
Stas STOTSKY (Стас СТОЦКИЙ) ...Fedka
Cinematography : Sergey ASTAKHOV (Сергей АСТАХОВ)
Production design : Pavel PARKHOMENKO (Павел ПАРХОМЕНКО)
Sound : Maksim BELOVOLOV (Максим БЕЛОВОЛОВ)
Produced by : Sergey SELIANOV (Сергей СЕЛЬЯНОВ)
Production : CTB
Release date in Russia : 14/03/2002
Sites : IMDb,

Awards :
Best Cinematography Sergey ASTAKHOV , Award "White Elephant", Moscow (Russia), 2002
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Sergey BODROV (jr.) , "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2002
First prize Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 2002
Prix du meilleur acteur attribué à Alexeï Tchadov au Festival de Montréal, 2002
Prix du meilleur son (Aigle d'or) attribué à Maxime Belovolov, 2002
Prix "Nika" du meilleur second rôle attribué à Sergueï Bodrov, 2002

Plot synopsis
War rages in the Caucasus and people from different countries and cultures are caught up in its wrath. Chechen fighters hold two Russian soldiers and a wounded officer captive in a filthy pit. One day, two new hostages, an English actor and actress, are brought to the pit. The English actor and one of the soldiers are released to bring back ransom money for the release of the others. The actor persuades the reluctant soldier with an offer of money to return with him to Chechnya to free the remaining hostages.
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Commentaries and bibliography
RUSSIA BEYOND : Six films sombres d’Alexeï Balabanov à voir absolument, Oleg EGOROV, RUSSIA BEYOND, 2018
Le cinéma des années 1990-2000. Images dispersées, Françoise NAVAILH, Russie, peuples et civilisations, La découverte, 2005
Aleksei Balabanov : War (Voina, 2002), Sergey LAVRENTIEV,, 2002
Бессонница [О фильме Война режиссера А. Балабанова], Aleksandr DERYABIN,, 2002

Selected in the following festivals or events :
- War in contemporary Russian cinema, (France), 2023
- Russian film festival in Paris, Paris / Taverny (France), 2021
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2019
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2013
- Sputnik nad Polska, Warsaw (Poland), 2011
- Sputnik nad Polska, Warsaw (Poland), 2009
- Europe around Europe, Paris (France), 2008
- Golden Eagle awards, Moscow (Russia), 2003
- "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2002
- Award "White Elephant", Moscow (Russia), 2002
- Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 2002