Karen Shakhnazarov, the director of Anna Karenina (2017) belonged to the young talents of the cinema of change in the former Soviet Union during the 1980's. The comedy Gorod Zero (Zerograd) is one of the best examples of those years. The film is refreshing in that it thinks through the absurdities of the Soviet everyday life and it shows that the path that was called perestroika back then, has to be a long one.

Moscow engineer Alexey Varakin visits a small town on a business trip, where his adventures begin. He meets a naked secretary at a local factory, a prosecutor who wants to commit a crime and other strange characters. The film was selected as the Soviet entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 62nd Academy Awards.

Original Title Gorod Zero
German Title Gorod Zero
French Title La ville Zero
Other Titles Città Zero - Zero City
Directed by Karen Schachnasarow - Shakhnazarov
Country Russia
Available Formats Blu-ray, DCP
Screenplay Aleksandr Borodyanskiy, Karen Shakhnazarov
Film Editing Lidiya Milioti
Soundtrack Eduard Artemev
Cinematography Nikolay Nemolyaev
Sound Igor Mayorov
Décors Lyudmila Kusakova
Costumes Vera Romanova
Production Mosfilm
Runtime 103 Min.
Language Russisch/d + f + i
Leonid Filatov Aleksei Varakin
Oleg Basilashvili Schriftsteller
Vladimir Menshov Staatsanwalt
Armen Dzhigarkhanyan Fabrikdirektor
Evgeniy Evstigneev Museumsdirektor
Yuriy Sherstnyov Kellner
Lena Zhanik Sekretärin

Golden Hugo at 25th Chicago Film Festival for best international feature film in 1989

Silver prize at Valladolid International Film Festival in 1988

European Science Fiction Society Award for best author and screenwriter in Soviet Union at Eurocon, 1989 in San Marino


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