DVD cover with Russian title: Бедные родственники
|Directed by||Pavel Lungin|
|Produced by||Catherine Dussart |
|Written by||Gennady Ostrovsky|
|Music by||Michelle Arbatts|
|Edited by||Sophie Brunet|
|Distributed by||Catherine Dussart Productions (CDP)|
Arte France Cinema
Young con artist with a rather nice personality, Edik (Konstantin Khabensky) gets in trouble gathering long lost foreign relatives together. Wealthy and middle-class émigrés who have made it in the new lands (the Americas, Israel) return to the homeland, to the roots from which they were severed. The implicit motivation for their return is the search for spiritual nourishment, and so the émigrés sacrifice the material comforts of their villas and Western civilization to journey to their ancestral past, the timeless village of Golotvin. They believe that here they will be able to complete themselves by reconnecting with their heritage. All for the nominal fee of Edik, a free agent and a small-time crook who orchestrates an elaborate crime with the intention of earning a pile of money by tricking a group of pilgrims into thinking that a small village is their homeland and its inhabitants are their long lost relatives. The levels of deception multiply quickly...
- Main Prize
- Best Male Actor (Konstantin Khabensky)
- Best Script (Gennady Ostrovsky)
- Prize of the Governor of Kuban
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- Номинанты Национальной кинематографической премии «НИКА» за 2005 год Archived 2015-12-22 at the Wayback Machine
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