09-06-2011

33 MIFF presents: Russian premiere of Target

One of the most desired Russian films of the year, Aleksandr Zeldovich & Vladimir Sorokin's Mishen / Target will take part in Gala-screenings program of the 33 MIFF.

The film, starring Maksim Sukhanov, Justine Waddell, Danila Kozlovsky, Vitaly Kishchenko, Daniela Stoyanovich, tells the story which takes place in Russia in the year 2020. The country is booming. Vast mineral deposits and the mighty Guangzhou–Paris transportation corridor ensure healthy balance at the treasury. At the same time, the political system has managed to merge Russian traditions with international developments, so now Russia is an ecological democracy where every citizen has found his rightful place. In order to be correctly placed in this social hierarchy, every few years, all Russians are required to take an exam. The four protagonists of this film are members of the country’s elite.

Victor is a minister responsible for the state’s natural resources. Zoya is his wife. Her brother, Mitya is a well-known television celebrity and Nicolai is a colonel assigned to the Guangzhou–Paris rail corridor. They have everything that money can buy. What they lack is youth and happiness. But they are determined to recover both. Somewhere in the Altai mountains there is a secret plant, once an institute of astrophysics during the Soviet era, that contains a large dish, known as the ‘target’. For anyone who’d spend certain amount of time in its centre, it would be like stepping into a fountain of youth, and their minds and bodies would be rejuvenated …