Russian Film Week screening + Q&A with director Yury Bykov & actor Andrey Smolyakov. Wednesday 27 November 8.50pm | Curzon Mayfair.
Russian Film Week screening + Q&A with director Yury Bykov, moderated by KinoPoisk editor-in-chief Elizaveta Surganova. Friday 29 November 8.30pm | Curzon Oxford.
A dilapidated industrial building stands in the outskirts of a provincial Russian town. Many of its workers have been employed there before the change from state regulation to capitalist privatisation. When owner Kalugin, a well-connected local oligarch, announces that the factory is bankrupt, a group of workers who haven't been paid for months kidnap him for ransom.
Led by the mysterious Alexei whose motives are far from clear, the heist goes awry. Kalugin’s private security guards and a police SWAT team quickly have the building surrounded. The workers are trapped, the clock is ticking and allegiances are beginning to fray...
Yuri Bykov is one of the most popular directors nowadays in Russia recognised by many for his ability to give voice to ordinary people, those living in provincial towns, working hard physical jobs, the weakest and unprotected by the government. Seen as a great artist for his ability to use metaphors in his work, Bykov models modern Russia with only few characters in his last movie The Factory. He reflects on social tensions by depicting Russian uprising, its leaders and people that get used and manipulated by them.