1916 – a premonition of the Revolution in Russia. Vorobiev, a gymnasium teacher, leaves his job as a form of protest against the dismissal of the revolutionary-minded professors, though he does not share their views. He remains without a livelihood: no money to pay the apartment rent or for his sick child’s treatment in the Crimea. Vorobiev looks for work, even the worst, just to earn money. The Gendarme Administration offers him to be a spy, to cooperate with them and report on any disloyal people. Vorobiev is facing a dreadful choice – either to become an informant, or to remain an honest man without a livelihood.
Best Actor for Oleg Yankovskiy | Valladolid IFF, Spain, 1988
CAST & CREW
Roman Balayan, Rustam Ibrahimbekov
Director of Photography
Vasili Trushkovsky, Bogdan Verzhbitsky
Sergei Khotimsky, Oksana Medved
Oleg Yankovskiy, Aleksandr Vokach, Yelena Safonova, Aleksey Gorbunov, Aleksandr Zbruyev, Natalya Koretskaya, Olga Ostroumova, Aleksandr Abdulov
Dovzhenko Film Studio
Born 1941, Nerkin Horatagh, Nagorno-Karabakh. A graduate of the Cinema School of the Kyiv State Theatre Institute with a diploma of a film director in 1969, Balayan has since been living and working in Kyiv and Moscow as a film director, scriptwriter and producer.
Thief (1969), Anatole Petritskiy (1970), The Romashkin Effect (1973), Kashtanka (1975), Lone Wolf (1977), Flights in Dreams and in Reality (1982), The Kiss (1983), Guard Me, My Talisman (1987), The Spy (1987), Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District (1990), The First Love (1995), Two Moons, Three Suns (1998), A Night in the Parajanov Museum (1998), The Night Is Bright (2004), Birds of Paradise (2008)