4

by Ilya Khrzhanovsky

Russian Federation, 2005, 124', colour



We learn from the conversations of two men and a woman the intriguing and banal details of their lives. But are they all telling the truth?

Reviews

"Funny and weirdly engrossing, (...) "4" is a highly individual directorial debut and a surreal account of life in present day Russia where vodka flows like the Volga."
Philip French, GUARDIAN

"4 will unsettle even the most blasé heavy metal or horror movie fan. (...) Its bawdy comedy, bravura sound design and uncanny atmosphere will turn on auds with a taste for deeply oddball fare. High-stylized pic shows genuine flair."
Leslie Felperin, VARIETY 

"(...) makes a mark of true virtue, which ends boiling hot the national proensity to sanctify the decay of the human soul (...) Khrzhanovsky features among the rare discoveries of this year’s Mostra."
Jean-Luc Douin & Jacques Mandelbaum, LE MONDE


 


 

 "The stark surreal images evoke a mixture of terror and absurdity that comes as close to the experience of an actual nightmare as anything I've ever seen on the screen."
Stephen Holden, NEW YORK TIMES

"Fearless and mesmerizing (...) inventive, hypnotic and queasily funny."
Robert Abele, LOS ANGELES TIMES

  "This jaw-dropping whatsit is a grandiose study of barbarism and decay, a treatise on the way of all flesh, with DNA spliced in from Leos Carax and Chris Cunningham videos."
Jim Hoberman, THE VILLAGE VOICE

"Confused? You will be. Fascinated? Likewise."
Nigel Andrews, FINANCIAL TIMES

 

  


  

 

"Like a lost transmission from an earlier, more dangerous period, 4 evokes the great midnighters of yesteryear, especially David Lynch’s Eraserhead."
Joshua Rothkopf, TIME OUT NEW YORK


 

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Ilya Khrzhanovsky

Born in 1975 in Moscow, Ilya Khrzhanovsky studied at the Bonn Academy of Fine Art and graduated from the Russian film school VGIK in 1998. His first feature film “4” (2004) was awarded the Tiger Award and the Golden Cactus at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in 2005, the Best Director Prize at the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, the Grand Jury Prize as Best New Director at the Seattle International Film Festival, the Best Film and Best Camera Prize at the Transilvania International Film Festival and the Best Director Prize at the Athens International Film Festival. DAU is Khrzhanovsky’s second feature film.

FILMOGRAPHY

2005 4, Fiction, 126 min.
1999 OSTANOVKA, Fiction

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Cast

Marina Vovchenko - Marina
Sergei Shnurov - Volodia 
Yuri Laguta - Oleg

Crew / Technical Info

Crew

Director: Ilya Khrzhanovsky
Script: Vladimir Sorokin
Concept & Story: Vladimir Sorokin & Ilya Khrzhanovsky
Cinematographer: Alisher Khamidkhodzhaev, Alexander Ilkhovsky, Sandor Berkesi
Editor: Igor Malakhov
Costume Design: Alexandra Timofeeva
Production Design: Shavkat Abdusalamov
Sound: Kirill Vasilenko
Producer: Natalia Kochetova
Producers: Yelena Yatsura
Production Company: Filmocom

Technical Information

Category: First Feature Film / Fiction
Original Language: Russian
Fomat: 35mm / colour
Screen Ratio: 1:1.66
Speed: 24 frames/second
Sound: Dolby Digital
Number of Reels: 8
Footage: 3457m

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Festivals

MAIN AWARDS

Rotterdam 2005, Tiger Award & Golden Cactus
Buenos Aires 2005, BAFICI, Best Director

MAIN SELECTIONS

Gijón 2004, Official Selection
Athens 2005, Awarded
European Film Awards 2005,  European Discovery of the Year
Transilvania 2005, Competition

Pressbook

Downloads: pictures


Year: 
2005
Duration: 
124'

Ilya Khrzhanovsky

Born in 1975 in Moscow, Ilya Khrzhanovsky studied at the Bonn Academy of Fine Art and graduated from the Russian film school VGIK in 1998. His first feature film “4” (2004) was awarded the Tiger Award and the Golden Cactus at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in 2005, the Best Director Prize at the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, the Grand Jury Prize as Best New Director at the Seattle International Film Festival, the Best Film and Best Camera Prize at the Transilvania International Film Festival and the Best Director Prize at the Athens International Film Festival. DAU is Khrzhanovsky’s second feature film.

Poster: 
Country: 
Russian Federation Russian Federation



We learn from the conversations of two men and a woman the intriguing and banal details of their lives. But are they all telling the truth?

Reviews: 

"Funny and weirdly engrossing, (...) "4" is a highly individual directorial debut and a surreal account of life in present day Russia where vodka flows like the Volga."Philip French, GUARDIAN"4 will unsettle even the most blasé heavy metal or horror movie fan. (...) Its bawdy comedy, bravura sound design and uncanny atmosphere will turn on auds with a taste for deeply oddball fare. High-stylized pic shows genuine flair."Leslie Felperin, VARIETY "(...) makes a mark of true virtue, which ends boiling hot the national proensity to sanctify the decay of the human soul (...) Khrzhanovsky features among the rare discoveries of this year’s Mostra."Jean-Luc Douin & Jacques Mandelbaum, LE MONDE  

 "The stark surreal images evoke a mixture of terror and absurdity that comes as close to the experience of an actual nightmare as anything I've ever seen on the screen."Stephen Holden, NEW YORK TIMES"Fearless and mesmerizing (...) inventive, hypnotic and queasily funny."Robert Abele, LOS ANGELES TIMES  "This jaw-dropping whatsit is a grandiose study of barbarism and decay, a treatise on the way of all flesh, with DNA spliced in from Leos Carax and Chris Cunningham videos."Jim Hoberman, THE VILLAGE VOICE"Confused? You will be. Fascinated? Likewise."Nigel Andrews, FINANCIAL TIMES       

"Like a lost transmission from an earlier, more dangerous period, 4 evokes the great midnighters of yesteryear, especially David Lynch’s Eraserhead." Joshua Rothkopf, TIME OUT NEW YORK 

Trailer / Extracts: 
Synopsis: 



We learn from the conversations of two men and a woman the intriguing and banal details of their lives. But are they all telling the truth?

Cast details: 

Marina Vovchenko - Marina Sergei Shnurov - Volodia  Yuri Laguta - Oleg

Crew / Technical Info: 

CrewDirector: Ilya KhrzhanovskyScript: Vladimir SorokinConcept & Story: Vladimir Sorokin & Ilya KhrzhanovskyCinematographer: Alisher Khamidkhodzhaev, Alexander Ilkhovsky, Sandor BerkesiEditor: Igor MalakhovCostume Design: Alexandra TimofeevaProduction Design: Shavkat AbdusalamovSound: Kirill VasilenkoProducer: Natalia KochetovaProducers: Yelena YatsuraProduction Company: Filmocom

Technical InformationCategory: First Feature Film / Fiction Original Language: Russian Fomat: 35mm / colour Screen Ratio: 1:1.66 Speed: 24 frames/second Sound: Dolby Digital Number of Reels: 8 Footage: 3457m

Pressbook: 

Downloads: pictures


Festivals: 

MAIN AWARDS

Rotterdam 2005, Tiger Award & Golden Cactus
Buenos Aires 2005, BAFICI, Best Director

MAIN SELECTIONS

Gijón 2004, Official Selection
Athens 2005, Awarded
European Film Awards 2005,  European Discovery of the Year
Transilvania 2005, Competition

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