Aleksey PETRUKHIN
Алексей ПЕТРУХИН
Alekseï PETROUKHINE
Russia, 2018, 135mn 
Colour, fiction
The Challenge
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Последнее испытание

 

 L'Epreuve finale

 Posledneye ispytaniye

 
Directed by : Aleksey PETRUKHIN (Алексей ПЕТРУХИН)
Writing credits : Aleksey PETRUKHIN (Алексей ПЕТРУХИН)
 
Cast
Irina ALFIOROVA (Ирина АЛФЕРОВА)
Anna CHURINA (Анна ЧУРИНА)
Irina KUPCHENKO (Ирина КУПЧЕНКО)
Andrei MERZLIKIN (Андрей МЕРЗЛИКИН)
Yelena ZAHAROVA (Елена ЗАХАРОВА)
Nikita TARASOV (Никита ТАРАСОВ)
Mikhail YEVLANOV (Михаил ЕВЛАНОВ)
 
Cinematography : Ilya BOYKO (Илья БОЙКО)
Production design : Anna CHERNOVA (Анна ЧЕРНОВА)
Music : Aleksandr BAKKHAUS (Александр БАКХАУС)
Produced by : Pyotr CHERENKOV (Пётр ЧЕРЕНКОВ), Aleksey PETRUKHIN (Алексей ПЕТРУХИН), Oleg STEPCHENKO (Олег СТЕПЧЕНКО)
Production : корпорация "Русская Фильм Группа" / Corporation "Groupe Russe Film", кинокомпания "Стартфильм Групп" / société "Startfilm Groupe"
Film revenue in Russia : 0.0502 million dollars
 

Plot synopsis
At the full-house premiere of the much-anticipated new musical production of Romeo & Juliet high school group and their teacher mingle with the opening night crowd. They are surrounded by people who are full of excitement. But instead of a new interpretation of a classic, the on-stage drama is overtaken by real events. The theatre is infiltrated by terrorists and the audience are taken hostage. In a high-pressure situation where hundreds of lives are at stake, the experienced school teacher is thrust unwittingly into the role of chief negotiator between the police and the terrorists. Her former students are forced to turn from theory to practice and save not only their lives, but the lives of the people around them. They must demonstrate extraordinary courage and make critical choices to pass a terrible test. Clearly resonant with the events of the Nord-Ost theatre siege, this is a follow up to Alexei Petrukhin’s searing 2015 high school drama, Teacha featuring one of the most celebrated actors of Russian and Soviet cinema, Irina Kupchenko in the title role. Petrukhin says, “the film raises important issues relating to our understanding of different generations, our history, religion and terrorism. And most importantly - what kind of actions is a person ready to take in a critical situation?”
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- Russian Resurrection Film Festival, Different cities (Australia), 2018