Alexei Uchitel’s epic war drama The Edge (Krai / Край) is the Russian entry for the 83rd Academy Awards.
Synopsis: World War II. A decorated war hero (Vladimir Mashkov) arrives in a post-apocalyptic labor camp in the remote snow-white Siberian taiga. This rough-and-tumble train operator (‘machinist’ in Russian) suffers from migraine and macabre hallucinations.
He works so hard that a small community of exiles and their Red Army guards starts to hate him. In fact, he is very strange: he loves early 20th century steam locomotives more than moonshine or sex with local women. He finds another steam locomotive and a German girl (Anjorka Strechel) lost in taiga. And here the real trouble starts: he falls in love with this girl…
Director: Alexey Uchitel
Writer: Alexander Gonorovsky
Cast: Vladimir Mashkov, Vyacheslav Krikunow, Anjorka Strechel, Yulia Peresild, Alexander Bashirov, Sergey Garmash, Vladas Bagdonas
Time: 119 min
Note: Alexei Uchitel’s drama His Wife’s Diary was submitted for the Academy Award from Russia in 2001.
Vladimir Mashkov played the lead role in Pavel Chukhrai’s The Thief nominated for Academy Award from Russia in 1997.