The Sannikov Land (film)

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The Sannikov Land
The Sannikov Land DVD Cover.jpg
Oleg Dal and Vladislav Dvorzhetsky on the DVD cover of the film
Directed by Albert Mkrtchyan
Leonid Popov
Written by Vladislav Fedoseyev
Vladimir Obruchev (novel)
Mark Zakharov
Starring Vladislav Dvorzhetsky
Oleg Dal
Yuri Nazarov
Georgi Vitsin
Makhmud Esambayev
Music by Aleksandr Zatsepin
Cinematography Mikhail Koroptsov
Edited by Lyudmila Feiginova
Distributed by Mosfilm
Release dates
Running time
89 min.
Country Soviet Union
Language Russian

The Sannikov Land (Russian: Земля Санникова, Zemlya Sannikova; Finnish: Salattu maa) is a Soviet 1974 adventure film about the fictional Sannikov Land loosely based on the novel of the same name by Vladimir Obruchev.

Plot summary[edit]

The exiled settler Alexander Ilyin persuades the goldmines owner Trifon Perfilyev to sponsor the expedition dedicated to the searches of "Sannikov Land", a legendary warm land behind the Polar circle. Hoping that this land could be filled with gold, Perfilyev agrees. Few more daredevils volunteer for the mission. The finally gathered crew consists of Ilyin himself, officer Evgeniy Krestovskiy, Perfilyev's servant Ignatiy, who is given a task of killing every other crew member in case they truly find any gold, and Gubin, a Katorga runaway and a former doctor.

After a long journey they reach the volcanic land and meet the natives – a tribe of "Onkilon". However they soon find out that the volcano is cooling down quickly, and the legendary land is about to start to freeze so that every living creature on the island would be killed in process.



Film featured two highly popular songs, written by Aleksandr Zatsepin and Leonid Derbenyov and performed by Oleg Anofriyev. First of them achieved nearly a cult status:

  1. "There's just a moment..." ("Est' tol'ko mig")
  2. "All has been" ("Vsyo bylo")


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