Russia, 2010, 110mn 
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 La Lisière


Directed by : Aleksey UCHITEL (Алексей УЧИТЕЛЬ)
Writing credits : Aleksandr GONOROVSKY (Александр ГОНОРОВСКИЙ)
Vladas BAGDONAS (Владас БАГДОНАС) ...Butkus
Aleksandr BASHIROV (Александр БАШИРОВ) ...Zhilkin
Sergey GARMASH (Сергей ГАРМАШ) ...Major
Aleksey GORBUNOV (Алексей ГОРБУНОВ) ...Kolybanov
Vyacheslav KRIKUNOV (Вячеслав КРИКУНОВ) ...Stepan
Vladimir MASHKOV (Владимир МАШКОВ) ...Ignat
Yulia PERESILD (Юлия ПЕРЕСИЛЬД) ...Sofya
Anjorka STRECHEL (Аньорка ШТРЕХЕЛЬ ) ...Elsa
Yevgeni TKACHUK (Евгений ТКАЧУК) ...Borka
Anna UKOLOVA (Анна УКОЛОВА) ...Matilda
Cinematography : Yuri KLIMENKO (Юрий КЛИМЕНКО)
Production design : Vera ZELINSKAYA (Вера ЗЕЛИНСКАЯ)
Sound : Kirill VASILENKO (Кирилл ВАСИЛЕНКО)
Produced by : Konstantin ERNST (Константин ЭРНСТ)
Production : Rock Films,
International Sales: Rock Films
Film revenue in Russia : 5.132 million dollars
format : 35 mm
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Awards :
Best directing Golden Eagle awards, Moscow (Russia), 2011
Best actor Vladimir MASHKOV , Golden Eagle awards, Moscow (Russia), 2011
Best actress Anjorka STRECHEL , Golden Eagle awards, Moscow (Russia), 2011
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Yulia PERESILD , Golden Eagle awards, Moscow (Russia), 2011
First prize Honfleur Russian Film Festival, Honfleur (France), 2010
Audience Award Honfleur Russian Film Festival, Honfleur (France), 2010
Special Jury prize Festival européen des Arcs, Les Arcs (France), 2010
Special Prize International Human Rights Film Festival, Moscow (Russia), 2010
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Yulia PERESILD , Award "White Elephant", Moscow (Russia), 2010
Best feature film "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2010
Best Cinematography Yuri KLIMENKO , "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2010
Best actor Vladimir MASHKOV , "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2010
Nominee for the Golden Globe Awards, in the category "Best Foreign Language Film"

Plot synopsis
The main story takes place in 1945, just after end of the Second World War, in a small settlement in Siberia. Former servicemen and concentration camp prisoners work there as drivers of the fast steam locomotives that haul timber. They organize races among themselves, and now that the fighting is over, these races seem to them to be their only chance to demonstrate to themselves, and to others, their right to be a winner, to be human and to love and be loved. However, where a woman’s love is at stake, neither races, nor steam engines, will decide the outcome.

Commentaries and bibliography
Александр Попов. От декаданса к коммерческому кино: творческий путь Алексея Учителя [A propos de l'oeuvre du réalisateur Aleksei Outchitel], Александр ПОПОВ, Kinopressa, 2023
Aleksei Uchitel’ : The Edge (Krai, 2010), Marco DUMANČIĆ,, 2011
Aleksei Uchitel’ : The Edge (Krai; 2010) (2), Tim HARTE,, 2011
Comment sont regardés les films sur la Grande Guerre patriotique dans la Russie actuelle ?, Myriam DÉSERT, The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies, 2011
La Lisière, un nouveau film russe d’ Alexei Uchitel, Tatiana Karpekina,, 2010

Selected in the following festivals or events :
- War in contemporary Russian cinema, (France), 2023
- Yerevan International Film Festival "Golden Apricot", Yerevan (Armenia), 2011
- Russian Resurrection Film Festival, Different cities (Australia), 2011
- Sofia International Film Festival, Sofia (Bulgaria), 2011
- Hong-Kong International Film Festival, Hong Kong (China), 2011
- Europe around Europe, Paris (France), 2011
- Russian Art Festival, Cannes (France), 2011
- Golden Eagle awards, Moscow (Russia), 2011
- Festival "Vivat Kino Rossii", St Petersburg (Russia), 2011
- Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 2011
- Seville European Film Festival : SEFF, Seville (Spain), 2011
- Boulder International Film Festival BIFF, Boulder (Colorado) (USA), 2011
- Palm Springs International Film Festival, Palm Springs (USA), 2011
- Russian film symposium. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh (USA), 2011
- Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto (Canada), 2010
- Honfleur Russian Film Festival, Honfleur (France), 2010
- Festival européen des Arcs, Les Arcs (France), 2010
- FilmFestival Cottbus - Festival of East European Cinema, Cottbus (Germany), 2010
- Russische Filmwoche in Berlin, Berlin (Germany), 2010
- Reykjavik International Film Festival, Reykjavik (Iceland ), 2010
- Busan International Film Festival : BIFF, Busan (Pusan) (Korea, South), 2010
- Festival international du film de Marrakech : FIFM, Marrakech (Morocco), 2010
- Warsaw Film Festival, Warsaw (Poland), 2010
- "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2010
- International Human Rights Film Festival, Moscow (Russia), 2010
- Award "White Elephant", Moscow (Russia), 2010
- "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2010

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