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by Alexey Uchitel


A convoy of Russian soldiers finds itself trapped in the mountainous Chechen landscape, lost in unfamiliar hostile territory. All around them explosions and gunfire from the unseen enemy shatter the stifling air. The commander of the garrison sends out the seasoned Rubakhin and the young rifleman Vovka to take captive a local who knows the mountain trails and could lead the men to safety. After a brief exchange of fire, the two men seize a young wounded Chechen who, although he doesn’t speak Russian, seems to have understood his task. On this scorching summer’s day, the incongruous threesome have to make their way through the difficult terrain, forcing all of them to show mutual consideration and willingness. However, the proximity of the Chechen settlements soon destroys the intimacy that has developed between the men, and the captive has to pay a terrible price for his role as their passport to safety.

international title: Captive
original title: Plennyj
country: Bulgaria, Russia
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Alexey Uchitel
screenplay: Vladimir Makanin, Timofej Děkin
cast: Vjačeslav Krikunov, Pjotr Logačov, Iraklij Mskalaja, Julija Peresild
cinematography by: Jurij Klimenko
film editing: Jelena Andrejeva, Gleb Nikulskij
art director: Andrej Vasin
producer: Alexej Učitěl
production: Rock Films (RU)
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