The Edge

The Edge  {Krai}
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Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
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The Edge
Russia, 2010, 119 Minute Running Time
US Premiere
Topics: Action/Adventure, Drama, History
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Russian, German English Sub-Titles

Offering a tightly melded blend of genres (thriller, melodrama, and heroic epic with mystical elements), The Edge unfolds shortly after the end of World War II at a gulag in the Siberian hinterland. The central character is railway engineer Ignat, the embodiment of the larger-than-life image of the Soviet victorious warrior, but who in fact proves to be shell-shocked, sick and broken, although not completely destroyed. After assuming control of the camp’s only steam engine, Ignat sets out to investigate rumors of an abandoned engine on a nearby island. There, he discovers a rusted beauty as well as a feral German girl with a railway obsession.

Trains becomes a fetish for the characters of the film, and speed becomes a mania; they virtually become one with their steam engines, while the machines take on human names. A thrilling and near-fatal race in the Siberian forest displays the full recklessness of the Russian character. As with Captive (PSIFF 2009), director Uchitel creates edge-of-your-seat drama in a breathtaking terrain.

DIRECTOR: Alexey Uchitel
Producer: Konstantin Ernst
Editor: Yelena Andreyeva
Screenwriter: Alexander Gonorovsky
Cinematographer: Yury Klimenko
Music: David Holmes
Principal Cast: Vladimir Mashkov, Anjorka Strechel, Yulia Peresild, Sergey Garmash, Alexey Gorbunov, Vyacheslav Krikunow, Alexander Bashirov
Filmography: Captive (2008), Dreaming Of Space (2005), The Stroll (2003), His Wife’s Diary (2000)
Print Source: Rock Films -

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