Tag Archives: Aleksey Balabanov

Aleksey Balabanov – Ranshe bylo drugoe vremya AKA There used to be another time (1987)

This story, that takes place during one day, tells about male meanness and ever-hard female destiny… The action takes place against the background of the first hits of the young group “Nautilus Pompilius”…

The first professional work of the director Alexey Balabanov, who at that time worked as an assistant at the Sverdlovsk Film Studio. The film was a teaching work, filmed while studying at the Higher Courses of Scriptwriters and Directors. Read More »

Aleksey Balabanov – Brat 2 AKA Brother 2 (2000)

Arriving in Moscow, Danila discovers Konstantin dead and he sets out to avenge his death; a journey that leads him to Chicago and a whole new experience. Read More »

Aleksey Balabanov – Brat AKA Brother (1997)

An ex-soldier with a personal honor code enters the family crime business in St. Petersburg, Russia. Read More »

Aleksey Balabanov – Zamok AKA The Castle (1994)

The Castle (Russian: Замок, translit. Zamok) is a 1994 film directed by Aleksei Balabanov. It is the first notable screen version filmed in Russia of Kafka’s unfinished novel of the same name. It is a sophisticated and ambiguous parable of an individual desperately trying to preserve his identity while struggling against sinister and invisible bureaucrats who rule the village from inside the titualr castle. This funny, somewhat bizarre, and distinctive movie won official selections to film festivals in Montreal and Rotterdam, and two national Nika Awards.

The film was also noted for its original soundtrack by Sergey Kuryokhin and costumes/sets design in bruegelian style. The stars of the film include Nikolay Stotsky, Svetlana Pismichenko, and Viktor Sukhorukov. Read More »

Aleksei Balabanov – Ya tozhe khochu AKA Me Too (2012)

Sanja the Bandit, after a particularly vicious shootout, stumbles into the musician Oleg at the local banya. Following a retelling of a semi-mythological story, the pair decide to make a pilgrimage to a “bell-tower of happiness”. Read More »

Aleksei Balabanov – Pro urodov i lyudey AKA Of Freaks And Men (1998)

Dariya the maid getting a boy to touch her large breast is just one incident that occurs when Yohan and Victor infiltrate two families, forcing young Liza and blind Ekaterina to appear in porn, but they are not so innocent themselves. Read More »