Location: Redstone Theater
Dir. Timur Bekmambetov. 2004, 114 mins. 35mm. In Russian with English subtitles. With Konstantin Khabenskiy, Vladimir Menshov, Valeriy Zolotukhin, Mariya Poroshina, Galina Tyunina, Yuriy Kutsenko. This international crossover hit fueled dreams of Russian blockbuster exports that never really materialized, but it did send director Timur Bekmambetov to Hollywood (Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), and offered a genre-filtered, gallows-humor-filled look at the moral and social maelstrom of the early Putin years. Based on Sergey Lukyanenko’s popular allegorical novel, Night Watch posits a Moscow in which the forces of light and darkness battle for control over the city, complete with blood-drunk vampires, queasy Metro visions, crow-swarmed Soviet high-rises, and an apt air of uncertainty between get-yours nihilism and stubborn optimism.
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