Pavel CHUKHRAY
Павел ЧУХРАЙ
Pavel TCHOUKHRAI
Russia / Ukraina, 2004, 112mn 
Colour, fiction
A Driver For Vera
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Водитель для Веры

 

 Un chauffeur pour Véra

 Voditel dlya Very

 
Directed by : Pavel CHUKHRAY (Павел ЧУХРАЙ)
Writing credits : Pavel CHUKHRAY (Павел ЧУХРАЙ)
 
Cast
Alena BABENKO (Алена БАБЕНКО) ...Vera
Marina GOLUB (Марина ГОЛУБ) ...Zinaïda
Andrey PANIN (Андрей ПАНИН) ...Saveliev
Igor PETRENKO (Игорь ПЕТРЕНКО) ...Viktor
Bogdan STUPKA (Богдан СТУПКА) ...Général Serov
Yekaterina YUDINA (Екатерина ЮДИНА) ...Lida
 
Cinematography : Igor KLEBANOV (Игорь КЛЕБАНОВ)
Production design : Olga KRAVTCHENYA (Ольга КРАВЧЕНИА)
Music : Eduard ARTEMIEV (Эдуард АРТЕМЬЕВ)
Sound : Leonid VEITKOV (Леонид ВЕЙТКОВ)
Produced by : Aleksandr RODNYANSKY (Александр РОДНЯНСКИЙ), Igor TOLSTUNOV (Игорь ТОЛСТУНОВ)
Production : Profit, Pervy Kanal
Film revenue in Russia : 2.01 million dollars
 
format : 35 mm

Awards :
Best actress Alena BABENKO , Golden Eagle awards, Moscow (Russia), 2005
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Bogdan STUPKA , Golden Eagle awards, Moscow (Russia), 2005
First prize Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 2004
Best Screenplay Pavel CHUKHRAY , Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 2004
Audience Award Window to Europe Film Festival, Vyborg, Vyborg (Russia), 2004
First prize Honfleur Russian Film Festival, Honfleur (France), 2004
Best actor Ostap STUPKA , Honfleur Russian Film Festival, Honfleur (France), 2004
Best actress Alena BABENKO , Honfleur Russian Film Festival, Honfleur (France), 2004
Best music "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2004

Plot synopsis
USSR, the Sixties. Army sergeant Viktor is young and handsome; his views on life are simple and pragmatic. He is willing to do anything to make a career. The influential army general appoints Viktor to be his own driver. He wants him to marry his limping daughter Vera. Viktor is ready to do anything for a chance to climb the greasy pole, and Vera does not notice his cold-blooded plot.
 

Commentaries and bibliography
Переписываем историю ? [О фильме Водитель для Веры], Oleg KOVALOV, seance.ru, 2005
Pavel Chukhrai, A Driver for Vera [Voditel' dlia Very] (2004), Gerald McCAUSLAND, kinokultura.com, 2005
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- Kyiv International Film Festival 'Molodist', Kiev (Ukraine), 2012
- Sputnik nad Polska, Warsaw (Poland), 2011
- Sputnik nad Polska, Warsaw (Poland), 2009
- Nantes Russian Film Festival, Nantes (France), 2008
- Days of Russian cinema in Brives La Gaillarde, Brives la Gaillarde (France), 2007
- Days of Russian cinema in Limoges, Limoges (France), 2006
- Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic), 2005
- Russian Art Festival, Cannes (France), 2005
- Warsaw Film Festival, Warsaw (Poland), 2005
- Festival "Vivat Kino Rossii", St Petersburg (Russia), 2005
- Golden Eagle awards, Moscow (Russia), 2005
- Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh (United Kingdom), 2005
- Russian Film Week in Paris : Regards de Russie, Paris (France), 2004
- Honfleur Russian Film Festival, Honfleur (France), 2004
- Window to Europe Film Festival, Vyborg, Vyborg (Russia), 2004
- "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2004
- Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 2004
- Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2004