Taxi Blues

Taxi Blues (Russian: Такси-блюз, translit. Taksi-Blyuz) is a 1990 Soviet drama film directed by Pavel Lungin. It was entered into the 1990 Cannes Film Festival where Lungin won the award for Best Director.[1] The film was selected as the Soviet entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 63rd Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[2]

Taxi Blues
Film poster
Directed byPavel Lungin
Produced byMark Gekht
Aleksandr Golutva
Pierre Rival
Written byPavel Lungin
StarringPyotr Mamonov
Pyotr Zaychenko
Vladimir Kashpur, Natalya Kolyakanova
CinematographyDenis Yevstigneyev
Edited byElisabeth Guido
Release date
  • 7 September 1990 (1990-09-07)
Running time
110 minutes
CountrySoviet Union


Shlykov, a hard-working taxi driver and Lyosha, a saxophonist, develop a bizarre love-hate relationship, and despite their prejudices, realize they aren't so different after all.


  • Pyotr Mamonov as Lyosha
  • Pyotr Zaychenko as Shlykov
  • Vladimir Kashpur as Old Nechiporenko
  • Natalya Kolyakanova as Christina
  • Hal Singer as Himself
  • Yelena Safonova as Nina, Liocha's Wife
  • Sergei Gazarov as Administrator
  • Yevgeni Gerchakov as Bald Musician in the Taxi
  • Dmitri Prigov as Writer Typing in the Train
  • Igor Zolotovitsky as Petyunchik
  • Valeri Khlevinsky as Fat Kolya
  • Yelena Stepanova as Smart Young Girl
  • Vladimir Sterzhakov as Musician in the Taxi
  • Konstantin Afonsky as Long-Haired Mechanic
  • Aleksandr Buyanov as Passenger with Newspaper
  • Lidiya Yezhevskaya as 'Mousy' Valya

See also


  1. "Festival de Cannes: Taxi Blues". Retrieved 6 August 2009.
  2. Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
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