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THE ISLAND aka OSTROV
UK: Artificial Eye
Cast: Pyotr Mamonov, Viktor Sukhorukov, Dmitry Dyuzhev, Jury Kuznetsov, Viktoria Isakova, Nina Usatova, Jana Esipovich, Olga Demidova, Alexey Zelensky, Timofey Tribuntsov, Grisha Stepunov, Sergey Burunov
Director: Pavel Lounguine
Language: Russian (English subtitles)
UK: 112 mins
UK Certificate: tbc
UK Release Date: 2 February 2010
Somewhere in the vast remoteness of northern Russia, a strange monk resides in a small Russian Orthodox monastery. The other monks in the order are somewhat confused by his odd behaviour. However, visitors to the island believe that this particular monk has psychic powers to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the future.
In contrast to these rumours, he feels his life has been forever tainted by a sin he committed as a youth and considers himself unworthy.
Official Selection - Out of competition - Venice Film Festival 2006
Winner Golden Eagle Awards 2007 for Best film, Best male support role, Best male role, Best director, Best scenario, Best operator work.