Heat (2006 film)

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Heat
Zhara poster.jpg
Russian release poster
Directed by Rezo Gigineishvili
Produced by Fyodor Bondarchuk
Alexander Rodnyansky
Dmitry Rudovsky
Written by Rezo Gigineishvili
Starring Aleksei Chadov
Artur Smolyaninov
Konstantin Kryukov
Timur Yunusov
Olga Bolbukh
Music by Dato Evgenidze
Cinematography Maksim Osadchy
Editing by Igor Litoninsky
Distributed by Art Pictures Studio
Channel STS
Release dates December 28, 2006
Running time 95 min.
Country Russia
Language Russian
Budget US$5,550,000[1]
Box office US$15,710,000 (Russia)[1]

Heat (Russian: Жара, stylized as ЖАRА[nb 1]) is a 2006 Russian teen romantic comedy loosely based on the I Step Through Moscow,[3] directed by Rezo Gigineishvili and produced by Fyodor Bondarchuk. Heat along with Wolfhound became one of the most expensive Russian films in 2006.[4] Besides, its budget was three times less as compared to the advertising campaign.[5]

Plot[edit]

After three years a sailor Aleksei (Aleksei Chadov) comes back from the Black Sea Fleet to Moscow for a meeting with his waiting girlfriend (Maria Kurkova) and old classmates. Unfortunately, he finds out that his girlfriend is already married and has a child, and decides to spend the remaining time in the restaurant with friends: a son of an oligarch Konstantin (Konstantin Kryukov), beginner actor Artur (Artur Smolyaninov) and hip-hop artist Timati. When their lunch is coming to the end, it appears that no one has money to pay the bill, except Konstantin's dollars which do not accept for payment. The rapper is decided to exchange currency at the nearest exchanger, that will cause troubles.

As the former exchanger belongs to the Armenian (Tigran Keosayan), Timati sets out in search of another, but runs against a nazi skinhead gang. Saving his own life, the hero hides in Konstantin's flat, where Ostap Bender-like[3] swindler Dani (Deni Dadaev) in waiting him. Meanwhile, his friends cannot wait anymore and Artur is sent off. Before he can exchange, he is allured by the film director (Fyodor Bondarchuk) and prepares for shooting, but misses the actor-bus and leaves with gastarbeiters to demolish the Rossiya Hotel. Konstantin hands over his last dollars to Aleksei, but he also fails and falls in love with a young traffic victim Nastya (Agniya Ditkovskite). After all that, despaired Konstantin raises noise in the restaurant, as a result he gets jailed by the militsiya. Luckily for him, the mates do not abandon a friend and rescue him from captivity.

Production[edit]

Gigineishvili and Bondarchuk used the same young cast and crew from The 9th Company for their Heat, set in Moscow during a hot boiling summer, which caused as the title instead of the draft entitled "City Tales" ("Сказки города").[5] Its filming took place in the shortest time period: "the script was written in ten days; pre-production took no more than two weeks; and after four months of shooting, the movie was done."[2][6]

Reception[edit]

Despite the fiscal success, Heat took in $15 million in CIS, and about $1 million in Ukraine,[7] the film, mainly, received disapproving responses of critics for the commercial direction. According to the e-poll of Moskovskij Komsomolets, Heat was recognized as the worst Russian film of 2006.[8]

Soundtrack[edit]

ЖАRА: Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by various artists
Released February, 2007
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 62:27
Label CD Land
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
NEWSmusic (3/10) [9]

The original soundtrack was released in February, 2007 and included a song of Tokio, several tracks from new Timati album Black Star and other artists.[10]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Когда ты плачешь" - Tokio 4:15
  2. "Летняя Москва" - Karina Koks 3:42
  3. "Город ночных фонарей" - Timati & VIP77 3:21
  4. "Жара" - Timati, F. Bondarchuk, NASTY 4:21
  5. "В городской суете" - Basta (rapper) 3:55
  6. "Жара 77" - Center 4:03
  7. "Детка" - Timati 4:24
  8. "Всё между нами" - Oleg Chubykin 4:14
  9. "The Girl of funk" - DJ Smash 2:26
  10. "Groovin" - VIP77 4:11
  11. "Black star" - Timati 4:57
  12. "Лето" - Lomonosov (band) 4:17
  13. "Москва" - VIP77 3:33
  14. "Жара" - DJ Smash 3:10
  15. "Where you gonna be" - VIP77 4:15
  16. "Happy New Year" - Siberia (band) 3:23

References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ Replacement of the Cyrillic letter Р to the Latin R was an advertising course, confirmed by Rezo Gigineishvili.[2]
Notes
  1. ^ a b "Gross revenue: Heat". KinoPoisk. Retrieved 2009-03-12. 
  2. ^ a b "Interview with Rezo Gigineishvili". Time Out Moscow (in Russian) № 51. 25–31 December 2006. 
  3. ^ a b Klingenberg, Olga (30 December—5 January 2007). "Вместе весело шагать "Жара": Бойцы вернулись в "роту"". Zerkalo Nedeli (in Russian) № 50 (629). Retrieved 2009-03-12. 
  4. ^ "Russian Cinema Exhibition Market Overview 2006". Nevafilm Studios. p. 2. 
  5. ^ a b Zamozhnya, Larisa (2006-12-27). "Бондарчук в "Жаре" играет режиссера". Gazeta.ua (in Russian). № 281. Retrieved 2009-03-12. [dead link]
  6. ^ Engel, Christine (2007). "Heat review". Kinokultura.com. Retrieved 2009-03-12. 
  7. ^ Birchenough, Tom (2007-02-04). "Cheer at Russian box office". Variety. Retrieved 2009-03-12. 
  8. ^ "Забросим лапоть за Голливуд!". Moskovskij Komsomolets (in Russian). 2007-12-29. Retrieved 2009-03-12. 
  9. ^ NEWSmusic review
  10. ^ Mozhaev, Aleksei (2007-08-20). "Review: Soundtrack "Zhara"" (in Russian). Rol.ru. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 

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