The Major (film)

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The Major
The Major (film).jpg
Film poster
Directed byYuri Bykov
Produced byAlexei Uchitel
Written byYuri Bykov
StarringDenis Shvedov
Yuri Bykov
CinematographyKirill Klepalov
Distributed byRock Studios
Release date
  • May 2013 (2013-05) (Cannes)
  • 8 August 2013 (2013-08-08) (Russia)
Running time
99 minutes

The Major (Russian: Майор, translit. Mayor) is a 2013 Russian crime drama film written and directed by Yuri Bykov, who also stars in the film. It was first screened as part of the International Critics' Week at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[1] It was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.[2][3]

The film tells of the staff of the Russian police who fall in difficult life situations, and the use of official position and procedures to get out of them.


Police Major Sergei Sobolev's wife is in labour. The future father rushes to the hospital, but his car hits, at full speed, a boy who is crossing the road at a pedestrian crossing, killing him. The only witness is the boy's mother, Irina Gutorova.

The Major decides to avoid responsibility for the crime and calls his colleagues to the incident scene. His colleague Pavel Korshunov quickly eliminates the evidence that proves Sobolev's guilt. Despite the fact that the mother of the deceased 7-year-old boy knows the true culprit of the accident, the Chief of District police forces her to give false testimony in favour of Major Sobolev.

Subsequently, Sobolev decides to confess everything and to be punished, but the other police officers do not like the idea because in covering for the major, they reveal traces of their own abuse, in this modernized yet still corrupted police force.



  1. ^ "Cannes Reveals International Critics' Week Lineup; 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Makes the Cut". Indiewire. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  2. ^ "The Major". TIFF. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Toronto Adds 75+ Titles To 2013 Edition". Indiewire. Retrieved 25 August 2013.

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