23rd Annual Minneapolis - St. Paul International Film Festival

The Rider Named Death (Contemporary World Cinema)
2004 - Russia - 106 minutes

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DIRECTOR: The Rider Named Death
CAST: Andrei Panin, Ksenia Rappoport, Dmytry Dyuzhe

A meditation of early 20th Century Russian terrorists, A Rider Named Death is a period piece with themes that are surprisingly relevant to this era defined by fear of terrorism. In the early 1900’s, Russia was shocked by a series of cold-blooded murders. They were executed by the "fighting organization," a socialist revolutionary group that directed acts of terrorism against various high officials of the state. The film explores the psyches of a group of terrorists, elucidating the reasons for their extreme actions. There’s leader George (played by Panin, one of Russia’s most popular actors), bomb-maker Erne , and bombthrowers Vanya, Henry, and Fyodor. They all strive to assassinate Grand Duke Sergey Aleksandrovich—for love, for revenge, for true belief, for the need to believe in brighter days ahead. But as their plotting progresses, members of the group start to disappear... Since 1976, Keren Shakhnazarov has been a film director of the Mosfilm Studios and from 1991, he has served as Chairman of the “Courier” Studio of Mosfilm Cinema Concern. He is a leading Russian filmmaker whose films are well known to both Russian and foreign spectators. They include Jazzmen (’83), The Town of Zero (’88), The Day of Full Moon (’98), and The World’s History of Poisoning (’01), among others. –EC

PRODUCER: Karen Shakhnazarov
SCREENWRITER: Alexander Borodyansky
EDITOR: Lidia Milioti
MUSIC: Anatoly Kroll
PRINT SOURCE: Kino International

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