Vladimir BORTKO
Владимир БОРТКО
Vladimir BORTKO
USSR / Italy, 1991, 140mn 
Colour, fiction
Afghan Breakdown
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Афганский излом


 La Fracture afghane

 Afganskiy izlom

Directed by : Vladimir BORTKO (Владимир БОРТКО)
Writing credits : Aleksandr CHERVINSKY (Александр ЧЕРВИНСКИЙ)
Tatyana DOGILEVA (Татьяна ДОГИЛЕВА) ...Katya
Cinematography : Valery FEDOSOV (Валерий ФЕДОСОВ)
Production design : Vladimir SVETOZAROV (Владимир СВЕТОЗАРОВ)
Music : Vladimir DASHKEVICH (Владимир ДАШКЕВИЧ)
Produced by : Aleksandr GOLUTVA (Александр ГОЛУТВА), Aleksandr KAPITSA (Александр КАПИЦА), Vyacheslav TELNOV (Вячеслав ТЕЛЬНОВ)
Other persons :
Cast : Michele PLACIDO ...Mikhail Bandura
Production : ”Ladoga”, “Russkoje Video”, “Clemi Cinematografica” (Italy)
Site : IMDb

Awards :
Best actress, Cinema for all, Tatyana DOGILEVA , Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 1992

Plot synopsis
The film is based on a script by writer and war correspondent Alexander Chervinsky. The lead role of Major Bandura is played by Italian actor Michele Placido, known for his role of commissar Cattani in the series “The Octopus”. The role is dubbed by Oleg Yankovsky. Alexander Rozenbaum has a minor part, playing himself performing at an army club. The action of the film takes place at the end of military operations in Afghanistan, during the period of the Soviet troops’ withdrawal. The group of paratroopers under the command of Major Bandura (Placido) is joined by the young senior lieutenant Nikita Steklov (Filipp Yankovsky), the son of a high-ranking soldier who wants to take part in military operations and earn medals.
The platoon command reaches an agreement with an Afghan field commander, Adil, about neutrality during the time that troops are withdrawn, in exchange for several crates of automatic weapons, and flour. But the division column is caught in an ambush organized by Adil’s enemies. The paratroopers escape the ambush, but with major losses – Steklov is seriously injured. It is impossible to observe neutrality – at the end of the military operations, the bloodshed continues.
Source : 2010.ru.spbkinoforum.ru

Selected in the following festivals or events :
- War in contemporary Russian cinema, kinoglaz.fr (France), 2023
- Saint Petersburg International Cine-Forum, St Petersburg (Russia), 2010
- Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 1992