Alexander Doulerain & Sergei Koryagin – Ivan The Idiot aka Ivan-Durak (2002)
Origin of idea
Ivan the Idiot is one of the most popular personas found in Russian folklore. His story serves as the basic fable of “Ivan the Idiot”: Ivan as hero saves a sleeping beauty from the clutches of evil. However, in this rendition, “Ivan the Idiot” is told in a slightly different style than usual; it’s a cybercomic.
“Ivan the Idiot” embraces a variety of themes and influences. From classical Russian folklore to the cosmogony of Daniel Andreev, one of the most esoteric philosophers of the 20th century, there are traces of “Rambo: First Blood,” Goddard, Sterling and Gibson (the fathers of cyberpunk), popular Russian cartoons of the 1970s, and Russian parallel cinema of the 1990s. The Marx Brothers and Kuleshova also receive a nod in this new Russian avant-garde comedy.
Almost all of the participants in the film are young, independent actors and directors. However, peppered among the cast are such famous faces as Gleb Aleinikov (Arkady), one of the founders of Russian independent film and Boris Yuhananov (Doctor Strauss), a prominent figure in contemporary Russian theater. Additionally, in the role of Ivan’s mother, Nina Ruslanova, star of Russian film and theater, plays a surprise cameo.