Prisoner of the Mountains
|Prisoner of the Mountains|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Sergei Bodrov|
|Produced by||Boris Giller|
|Written by||Boris Giller, Arif Aliyev, Sergei Bodrov|
|Story by||Boris Giller|
|Music by||Leonid Desyatnikov|
|Edited by||Alan Baril
|Distributed by||Orion Classics|
Prisoner of the Mountains (Russian: Кавказский пленник, Kavkazskiy plennik), also known as Prisoner of the Caucasus, is a 1996 Russian war drama film directed by Sergei Bodrov and written by Bodrov, Arif Aliyev and Boris Giller. The film is based on the Caucasian War-era short story "The Prisoner in the Caucasus" by the classic Russian writer Leo Tolstoy.
Prisoner of the Mountains was awarded a Crystal Globe at the 1996 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and the same year was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (Russia) and a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film (Russia). It also received rave critic reviews.
This film illustrates the conflicting views between traditional Chechen culture and Russian warfare through the skillful use of soundtrack, costuming and arms. The personal confrontation between two Russian soldiers and their Chechen captors is the main theme of the film, which was shot in the mountains of Dagestan (mostly in the aul of Ritcha, whose inhabitants are mentioned in the film's credits), a short distance away from the then-ongoing First Chechen War.
- Oleg Menshikov - Sasha
- Sergei Bodrov, Jr. (Sergei Bodrov Mladshiy) - Ivan (Vanya) Zhilin
- Dzhemal Sikharulidze - Abdul-Murat
- Susanna Mekhralieva - Dina
- Aleksandr Bureev - Hasan
- Valentina Fedotova - Ivan's mother
- Aleksei Zharkov - Maslov
A group of Russian soldiers is ambushed by rebels in the Chechen mountains and the two survivors are taken prisoner by an old man Abdul Murat, who wants to swap them for his son held by the Russians. The two prisoners cope with the situation in very different ways, as the war-hardened and cynical sergeant Sasha (Oleg Menshikov) works to escape while the young and naive conscript Vanya (Sergei Bodrov, Jr.) tries to make friends with his captors and falls in love with the daughter Dina. After an escape attempt fails, the different personalities of the two prisoners determine their fate.
- European Film Award - Outstanding Single Achievement
- Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - Award of Ecumenical Jury
- Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - Crystal Globe
- Nika Awards - Best Actor
- Nika Awards - Best Director
- Nika Awards - Best Film
- Nika Awards - Best Screenplay
- Academy Award - Best Foreign Language Film (Russia)
- Golden Globe Award - Best Foreign Language Film (Russia)
- Nika Awards - Best Cinematographer
- Nika Awards - Best Sound Editing
- Satellite Awards - Best Motion Picture (Foreign Language)