Russia, 2004, 115mn 
Colour, fiction
Night Watch
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Ночной дозор


 Night Watch / Ronde de nuit

 Nochnoy dozor

Directed by : Timur BEKMAMBETOV (Тимур БЕКМАМБЕТОВ)
Writing credits : Timur BEKMAMBETOV (Тимур БЕКМАМБЕТОВ), Sergey LUKIANENKO (Сергей ЛУКЬЯНЕНКО)
Aleksey CHADOV (Алексей ЧАДОВ)
Konstantin KHABENSKY (Константин ХАБЕНСКИЙ) ... Anton Gorodetski
Gosha KUTSENKO (Гоша КУЦЕНКО) ...Ignat
Vladimir MENSHOV (Владимир МЕНЬШОВ)
Mariya MIRONOVA (Мария МИРОНОВА) ...La mère d'Egor
Anna SLYU (Анна СЛЮ)
Viktoria SMIRNOVA (Виктория СМИРНОВА)
Cinematography : Sergey TROFIMOV (Сергей ТРОФИМОВ)
Produced by : Konstantin ERNST (Константин ЭРНСТ)
Production : Tabbak / Bazelevs-production, Première chaîne
Film revenue in Russia : 16.24 million dollars
Release date in Russia : 08/07/2004
Sites : Allociné, IMDb, site russe
Release date in France : 2005-09-28, Site

Awards :
2ème prix au Festival international du film fantastique de Bruxelles, 2005

DVD with subtitles
Editor : Fox Pathé Europe

Plot synopsis
Based on the first volume of a trilogy by Russian science-fiction author Sergey Lukyanenko, the film is a fantastic fable and its resounding success last year caused a stir even in the Western press. As “Die Welt” reported: “A revolution has taken place in the Russian film industry. (…) Never before has a film opened as successfully in Russia as did the fantasy thriller by advert director Timur Bekmambetov. Whether MATRIX, TROY, STAR WARS or LORD OF THE RINGS – NIGHT WATCH has cited all these works and then outdistanced the originals at the box office.” The story revolves around the age-old battle between good and evil, between the forces of dark and light, personified in the leaders Boris Geser, who as “white wizard” heads the “Day Watch”, and Savulon, who is the commander of the “Night Watch”. A truce obliges them to patrol the streets of Moscow together. And then the film jumps to 1992, to young Anton Gorodetsky’s discovery that he is one of the chosen “Others”. Twelve years later, as a kind of middle-grade white wizard, he too sides with light and fights for the “Night Watch”. However his magical powers increase at high speed
Source : www.berlinale.de

Commentaries and bibliography
Night Watch (2004) [de Timour BEKMAMBETOV], Julien MORVAN, Perestroikino, 2020
Copycat cinema: 5 Hollywood films the Russians did first, Josh NADEAU, calvertjournal.com, 2017
Two Decades of Post-Soviet Cinema : Taking Stock of Our Stocktaking, Seth GRAHAM, kinokultura.com, 2008
C Константином Эрнстом беседует редакция «Сеанса», Group of authors, seance.ru, 2006
Вальс-дозор, Dmitry BYKOV, seance.ru, 2006
Night Watch : Moscou réinvente Star Wars, Joël CHAPRON, Cinelive-Octobre 2005, 2005
Blockbuster à la russe [au sujet de Night watch de Timur Bekmambetov], Joël CHAPRON, Cahiers du cinéma N° 605, 2005
Le succès de Night Watch [de Timur Bekmambetov] dynamise le cinéma commercial russe, Joël CHAPRON, Le Monde, 2005
Timur Bekmambetov: Night Watch (Nochnoi dozor) (2004), David MACFADYEN, kinokultura.com, 2004

Selected in the following festivals or events :
- Russian film festival in Paris, Paris (France), 2018
- Sputnik nad Polska, Warsaw (Poland), 2011
- Festival International des Jeunes Réalisateurs de Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Saint Jean de Luz (France), 2010
- Moscow, St-Petersburg : two faces of Russia, Paris (France), 2010
- Russian film festival in Sweden 'KinoRiurik', Stockholm (Sweden), 2008
- Russian film festival in Sweden 'KinoRiurik', Stockholm (Sweden), 2007
- Days of Russian cinema in Valence, Valencia (France), 2006
- Strasbourg two weeks of Russian cinema, Strasbourg (France), 2006
- Festival of Central and Eastern Film , Wiesbaden (Germany), 2006
- Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic), 2005
- Release in France of the film, Different cities (France), 2005-09-28
- Festival Kinoblick, Stuttgart (Germany), 2005
- Berlin International Film Festival : Berlinale, Berlin (Germany), 2005
- Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival : NIFF, Neuchâtel (Switzerland), 2005
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2004

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