Country of the Deaf

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Country of the Deaf
Country of the Deaf.jpg
Directed byValery Todorovsky
Produced bySergey Chliyants
Sergey Livnev
Ilya Neretin
Written byYuriy Korotkov
Renata Litvinova
Valery Todorovsky
StarringChulpan Khamatova
Dina Korzun
Music byAlexey Aygi
CinematographyYuri Shajgardanov
Release date
  • February 1998 (1998-02)
Running time
105 minutes
Sign language

Country of the Deaf (Russian: Страна глухих, translit. Strana glukhikh) is a 1998 Russian crime film directed by Valery Todorovsky, loosely based on Renata Litvinova's novel To Own and Belong.[1] The film set in a fictional underworld of deaf-mute people in Moscow. The film was entered into the 48th Berlin International Film Festival.[2]


The action takes place in Moscow in the 1990s. The heroine of the film – Rita is forced into hiding; Her friend Alyosha has disappeared after losing someone else's money in a game of roulette. She is rescued and hidden by Yaya, a deaf nightclub dancer, who lives only for one thing – to save money and go to some fabulous "country of the deaf," where only deaf people live, virtue and justice reigns. Suddenly, the girls find themselves in the center of a violent clash between two mafia clans – one with and one without hearing impairment.



At the 1998 Russian Guild of Film Critics Awards the film was awarded the prizes for Best Film, Best Music (Alexey Aygi), Best Female Actor (Dina Korzun), Best Supporting Actor (Maksim Sukhanov).[3] At the Nika Award the film received the prizes for Best Female Actor (Dina Korzun) and Best Sound Design (Gleb Kravetsky).[4]

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  1. ^ "Страна глухих". Encyclopedia of Russian Cinema.
  2. ^ "Berlinale: 1998 Programme". Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  3. ^ "1998". Russian Guild of Film Critics.
  4. ^ "Лауреаты Национальной кинематографической премии «НИКА» за 1998 год". Nika Award.

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