The most hard-edged film in Alexey Uchitel’s creative biography - The Eight (Break Loose) - is going on general release in Russia on May 8.
However, this work akin to Alexey Balabanov’s films in its cinematic language can hardly be perceived as a festive gift to the viewers. The film based on Zakhar Prilepin’s story about the fight of bandits and special troops is meant by the film director to show the heavy load that Russia is carrying into the 21st century. With the writer’s consent Alexander Mindadze, the co-author of Alexey Uchitel’s film Dreaming Of Space (Kosmos Kak Predchuvstvie), wrote the scenario based on the book.
The new film was shot in the territory of the Petersburg Kirov Plant, which met the film crew halfway in implementation of the film project with its sophisticated visual effects.
The next project by Alexey Uchitel will be a historical biopic about the Russian ballerina Mathilda Kschesinskaja.
Author: Vera Ivanova