Of Freaks and Men

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Of Freaks and Men
Directed by Alexei Balabanov
Produced by Sergei Selyanov
Written by Alexei Balabanov
Starring Sergei Makovetsky
Dinara Drukarova
Viktor Sukhorukov
Lika Nevolina
Alyosha De
Chingiz Tsydendambayev
Cinematography Sergei Astakhov
Edited by Marina Lipartia
Running time
89 minutes
Country Russia
Language Russian

Of Freaks and Men (Russian: Про уродов и людей, translit. Pro urodov i lyudey) is a 1998 Russian film directed by Alexei Balabanov.


Filmed initially in black and white, then entirely in sepia tone, this film set in turn of the century Russia is centered on two families and their decline at the hands of one man, Johann, and his pornographic endeavours. Hailed by some as a masterpiece, the movie comments on the decline of Russian society as a result of the rise of capitalism.


The soundtrack is taken from Prokofiev's ballet, Romeo and Juliet; and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.


At the 1998 Russian Guild of Film Critics Awards the picture was awarded the prizes for Best Director (Alexei Balabanov), Best Director of Photography (Sergei Astakhov), Best Art Direction (Vera Zelinskaya), Best Male Actor (Sergei Makovetsky) and Best Supporting Actor (Maxim Sukhanov).[1]

At the Nika Awards the film received the prizes for Best Film and Best Director (Alexei Balabanov).[2]

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