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. 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...