Time of a Dancer
Time of a Dancer

Time of a Dancer

Director Vadim Abdrashitov

Production year 1997

Length 158min.

Country Russia


The civil war is over in the outskirts of an empire (deliberately not specified, but the closest analogies are Abkhazia and Transdniestria), the carachters are trying to enter peacful life. But the war does not want to leave their lives – too many destinies gone crashed in this “tiny war”. There are winners, there are losers in the war.


Grand Prix | “Mirror” Script Contest, Russia, 1996

Best Script and Best Supporting Role | Russian Film Academy Nike Awards, Russia, 1997

Grand Prix | Kinotavr, Sochi, Russia, 1997

Special Jury Prize | Locarno IFF, Switzerland, 1998

Awards for Best Supporting Actor and Promising Debut by Actress | “Baltic Jewel - 98”, Riga, Latvia, 1998

UNESCO Prize | Stalker FF, Moscow, Russia, 1998


Vadim Abdrashitov
Vadim Abdrashitov



Sergei Bayev


Aleksandr Mindadze

Director of Photography

Yuri Nevsky, Anatoli Susekov

Production designer

Vladimir Yermakov, Aleksandr Tolkachyov

Music by

Viktor Lebedev


Liliya Terekhovskaya


Roza Rogatkina


Andrei Yegorov, Yuri Stepanov, Sergey Garmash, Chulpan Khamatova, Zurab Kipshidze, Svetlana Kopylova, Vera Voronkova, Sergey Nikonenko

Production company(ies)

ARK-Film (Mosfilm)

Vadim Abdrashitov

Born 1945, Kharkov, Ukraine. He is one of Russian cinema's most independent directors and is internationally renown with awards from the Berlin (the Alfred-Bauer Prize for the film The Servant, 1989, Silver Bear, A Play for a Passenger, 1995) and Venice Film Festivals (Golden Medal, 1987 for the film Plumbum or a Dangerous Game). Impressed with the space flight of the first Soviet cosmonaut, he moved to Moscow to study nuclear physics at the Institute of Physics and Technology. Around that time, he developed an interest in amateur filmmaking, and he transferred to the D. Mendeleev Institute of Chemical Technology because it was equipped with a film studio for students. After graduation as an engineer, he worked as a manager at the Moscow Electric-Vacuum Industry. From 1970-1974 Abdrashitov studied film directing at the Moscow State Institute of Cinematography. His directorial debut was Stop Potapov! (1974). In 1975 Abdrashitov met with the writer Aleksandr Mindadze. That was the beginning of a collaboration that lasted for the next 12 films, which they made together in 30 years. Their films were awarded at many international film festivals as well as at the Soviet and Russian film forums.


Stop Potapov! (1973), A Word to Defense (1976), Turn (1978), Fox Hunting (1980), A Train Stopped (1982), Planetary Alignment (1984), Plumbum or a Dangerous Game (1986), The Servant (1988), Armavir (1991), Play for a Passenger (1995), Time for a Dancer (1997), Magnetic Disturbances (2003).

FILMS 2012