4 (2005 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ilya Khrjanovsky
Produced by Yelena Yatsura
Written by Vladimir Sorokin
Starring Marina Vovchenko
Sergey Shnurov
Yuri Laguta
Cinematography Shandor Berkeshi
Alexandre Ilkhovski
Alisher Khamidkhodjaev
Edited by Igor Malakhov
Distributed by Filmocom
Hubert Bals Fund
Running time
125 minutes
Country Russia
Language Russian

4 is a 2005 Russian drama film directed by Ilya Khrjanovsky after a screenplay by Vladimir Sorokin. Originally it was conceived as a short film, but turned into a full-length film after four years of work.


Meat merchant Oleg, prostitute Marina, and piano tuner "simply Volodya" drop into an all-night bar in Moscow, where they are served by a narcoleptic bartender (three plus one is four) while each regales the others with made-up biographies. Oleg claims to work in President Putin's administration, supplying him with bottled water and his wife with liquor; Marina passes herself off as a marketing executive; and Volodya, the infamous lead singer of the rock group Leningrad, as a geneticist who clones twins (two times two makes four, again) in a laboratory that has been engaged in these experiments since the days of Stalin. After they separate, these fantasy realities, especially Volodya's, begin to dominate their everyday lives.


  • Marina Vovchenko as Marina
  • Sergey Shnurov as Volodya
  • Yuri Laguta as Oleg



The film won the VPRO Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

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