Moscow. Another Russian family comedy Troublemaker directed by Maria Mahanko about a typical city boy, who escapes to the countryside from financial problems and gangsters to find his runaway father is currently in post-production.
Moscow’s Russian Bear Film Company general producer Yuri Berdnikov has chosen this comedy because his previous feature Swindlers made a successful director’s debut of Maria Mahanko: “I did not expect so many festival awards, mounds of letters, a lot of emails from filmgoers and excellent distribution in Russia. It was very inspiring and I suggested Maria to co-author the script (with Oleg Volkov) and shoot another comedy.” Bernikov believes that family comedies
are of growing demand in Russia.
Troublemaker is a 90-min. dynamic comedy about adventures of the musical producer Egor, who borrowed money from gangster Maximilian for his young talents. But the latter used the money and preferred another producer. Egor flees from Moscow to a provincial village, makes friends with Stepanych, a national park inspector. He fights against Maximilian and his gangsters. The happy-end is unpredictable and touching “despite lots of adrenaline, pursuits, firing and explosions, but no one is seriously hurt, no blood or violence”, as director Maria Makhanko explains.
Script: Maria Makhanko, Oleg Volkov
D.O.P.: Alexander Pushkin
Music: Peter Gorev, Ivan Lubennikov and group “All”
General Producer: Jury Berdnikov
Starring: Michael Grebenshchikov, Igor Bochkin, Alice Grebenshchikova, Sergey Pogosyan, Ramil Sabitov.