|DIRECTOR: Ilya Khrzhanovsky|
|RUNTIME: 128 mins., Russia, Russian with English subtitles|
|FORMATS: 35mm, DVD|
|CAST: Marina Vovchenko, Irina Vovchenko, Svetlana Vovchenko, Sergey Shnurov, Yuri Laguta, Konstantin Murzenko|
An apocalyptic journey through the dark heart of the new Russia. Three strangers meet in a Moscow bar one late night and spin fantastic stories, all of them lies. They depart and journey their separate ways through a landscape filled with de øcaying meat, wild dogs, ravenous crones, cloned piglets, and modern industrial horrors. A completely unique and disturbing film, 4 was held up by Russian censors who wanted 40 minutes cut, but relented after the film won acclaim at film festivals around the world.
"The stark surreal images evoke a mixture
of terror and absurdity that comes as close to the experience of an
actual nightmare as anything Ive seen on the screen."
"Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s nightmarish Russian
tone poem stunned audiences at January’s Rotterdam Film Festival.
We can safely tell you to believe the hype. Strange and sick-making,
4 will haunt you for days."
"This jaw-dropping whatsit is a grandiose
study of barbarism and decay, a treatise on the way of all flesh."