“Magnificent. A new Russian masterpiece. Acted and directed with unflinching ambition… a movie with real grandeur.” – The Guardian
A corrupt mayor’s land grab against a smalltime mechanic spirals out of control in this taut, electrifying thriller that takes a swipe at hardliner Vladimir Putin’s controversially crooked regime.
Kolya and his family are under siege, with imperious mayor Vadim earmarking their car repair shop for compulsory demolition and redevelopment. Kolya calls on an a big-shot lawyer from Moscow for help. Tempers then flare in this little vodka-fuelled town. A morally complex, blackly comic parable about the tangles of ordinary people’s little lives playing against the monstrous machinations of an unscrupulous political system lurk just below the surface.