Russia, 2009, 110mn 
Colour, fiction
Hard Labor Vacation
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Каникулы строгого режима


 Vacances à régime sévère

 Kanikuly strogogo rezhima

Directed by : Igor ZAYTSEV (Игорь ЗАЙЦЕВ)
Writing credits : Andrey KIVINOV (Андрей КИВИНОВ), Fyodor KRESTOVOY (Федор КРЕСТОВОЙ)
Based on Fiodor Krestob and Andreï Kivinov 's novel
Alena BABENKO (Алена БАБЕНКО) ...Tatyana Panteleeva
Sergey BEZRUKOV (Сергей БЕЗРУКОВ) ...Viktor Sumarokov
Dmitry DYUZHEV (Дмитрий ДЮЖЕВ) ...Evgeni Koltsov, former policeman
Vladimir MENSHOV (Владимир МЕНЬШОВ) ...Nikolay Vyshkin
Cinematography : Antoine VIVAS DENISOV (Антуан ВИВАС ДЕНИСОВ)
Production design : Yelena ZHUKOVA (Елена ЖУКОВА)
Music : Ruslan MURATOV (Руслан МУРАТОВ)
Produced by : Djanik FAIZIEV (Джаник ФАЙЗИЕВ), Anatoli MAKSIMOV (Анатолий МАКСИМОВ)
Production : Buzz Production
Film revenue in Russia : 17.6 million dollars
Release date in Russia : 25/08/2009
Site : www.kanikuly-film.ru

Plot synopsis
"Can a family-oriented summer comedy “work” if its action takes place in a penal colony and its main protagonists are escaped, murderous recidivists let loose in a children’s camp? Released on multiple screens at the end of August 2009, Hard Labor Vacation was pitched as family entertainment, and is genuinely funny in parts, but it is a most peculiar comedy. It is fuelled by warm-hearted sentiment, a delicate love and a sunny retro homage to Soviet era comedies. And then—unexpectedly—a shocking and violent twist turns this mythical tale into a tragedy punctuated by a hail of bullets." <...>
Greg Dolgopolov, kinokultura.com

Commentaries and bibliography
Igor’ Zaitsev : Hard Labor Vacation (Kanikuly strogogo rezhima, 2009), Greg DOLGOPOLOV, kinokultura.com, 2010

Selected in the following festivals or events :
- Russian Resurrection Film Festival, Different cities (Australia), 2010
- Comic Film Festival "Ulybnis, Rossiya", Moscow (Russia), 2009

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