Burnt By The Sun

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(out of 5)

Original title:  Utomlyonnye solntsem


This Russian import is so fantastic that only within its first ten minutes it is better than all of its fellow nominees for Best Foreign-Language Film of 1994 put together. Taking place in the 1930s, it showcases the experiences of a wealthy family summering at their beautiful country estate. Their idyll is at first interrupted by the mother of the family being visited by her former lover, making one think that this is as bad as it is going to get for these people, until of course Joseph Stalin and his new government enter the picture and really mess things up. The film is beautiful to look at, but also compelling thanks to superb direction by Nikita Mikhalkov.


Studio Trite, Caméra One, Goskino, Russkiy klub, Canal+, Media Factory

Russia/France, 1994

Directed by

Story by Nikita Mikhalkov, Screenplay by , Nikita Mikhalkov, dialogue by Rustam Ibragimbekov

Cinematography by

Produced by Nikita Mikhalkov,

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1994

Cannes Film Festival 1994

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