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The Factory
Original title:
Zavod
Slovenian title:
Tovarna
Section:
KINGS & QUEENS
Country, year:
Russia, France, Armenia, 2018
Length:
109
Directed by:
Jurij Bikov
Screenplay:
Jurij Bikov
Cinematography:
Vladimir Ušakov
Music:
Ivan Isjanov, Jurij Bikov
Subtitles:
English, slovenian
Language:
Russian
Voting code:
R
Cast:
Denis Švedov (Sivolasi), Andrej Smoljakov (Kalugin), Vladislav Abašin (Megla), Ivan Jankovskij (Vovka), Aleksandr Bukharov (Terekhov)
Awards:
Toronto 2018, Les Arcs 2018, Cleveland 2019

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Description:
An exhilarating and damning social critique about the abduction of a local oligarch, The Factory is a tour de force of action, drama, and suspense.
On the outskirts of a provincial Russian town, a decrepit Soviet-era factory is still operational. The blue-collar workers, most of whom were employed when the industry was run by the state, are not satisfied with the new owner, local oligarch Konstantine Kalugine, who hasn't paid them for months. When Kalugine files for bankruptcy a group of workers decides to kidnap him and demand a ransom under the guidance of an army veteran Alexei, nicknamed Greyhair. Everything goes according to plan, and they lock their boss in the factory. Their actions will bring not only his private bodyguards, but also a police SWAT team to the location. Everything is at stake, and their fates are hanging by a thread.

"Greyhair is a personification of absolute freedom that is impossible in our reality. It is incompatible with life. Because life is a compromise, it's about adapting and adjusting, a conformist humiliating gesture. I've always been drawn to humans that place their dignity and convictions above survival. How will ordinary people and social mechanisms react to them? Will they let them accomplish their goals, or crush and destroy them? We have to admit that so far the world was stronger than these people." (Yuriy Bykov)