Prisoner of the Mountains

Russia, Kazakhstan, 1996, 16+
director Sergey Bodrov
script Arif Aliyev, Sergey Bodrov, Boris Giller
director of photography Pavel Lebeshev
music Leonid Desyatnikov
designers Valery Kostrin, Vera Romanova, Igor Morozov
editing Alan Baril, Olga Grinshpun, Vera Kruglova
producer Sergey Bodrov, Carolyn Cavallero, Boris Giller
cast Oleg Menshikov, Sergey Bodrov Jr., Jemal Sikharulidze, Susanna Mekhraliyeva, Alexander Bureev, Valentina Fedotova, Alexey Zharkov, T. Kibiyev, Valery Kostrin, Pavel Lebeshev
Two Russian soldiers, one battle-seasoned and the other barely into his boots and uniform, are taken prisoner by an anxious Islamic father from a remote village hoping to trade them for his captured son. Feature film by Sergey Bodrov is based on Leo Tolstoy's short story, co-produced by Russia and Kazakhstan. It was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe as best film in foreign language in 1997.

Introduction by Sergey Bodrov
Sergey Bodrov is a Soviet and Russian film director, screenwriter and producer. Born and raised in the Russian Far East near the Ussuri river, he planned to apply to a nautical college but his family moved to Moscow. Bodrov was a light technician at Mosfilm Studios and worked on the set of Andrey Tarkovsky's Stalker. He began writing short stories and was admitted to VGIK's screenwriting program, worked at Crocodile magazine and wrote screenplays for several films, including popular comedies Balamut and The Mechanic Gavrilov's Beloved Woman. Bodrov took on directing later and made a number of films, most famously Prisoner of the Mountains and Mongol. He has been nominated for a Golden Globe and twice for the Academy Awards, for Prisoner of the Mountains and Mongol. Bodrov also co-wrote East/West, which was nominated for an Academy Award as well. Father of actor and director Sergey Bodrov Jr. President of Zerkalo Andrey Tarkovsky International FIlm Festival.

Sergey Bodrov
Director, President of Zerkalo IFF