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Burnt By The Sun (2003)
Starring: Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Oleg Menchikov, Nadya Mikhalkov, Nikita Mikhalkov
Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Category: Avant Garde, Drama, Family, Foreign
Studio: Columbia / TriStar
135 mins



"Wonderful! Sexy and involving." - The New Yorker

Winner of the 1994 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the Cannes Grand Jury Prize, Burnt by the Sun is the unforgettable story of a Soviet hero whose happy family is suddenly targeted by Stalin's secret police.

Nikita Mikhalkov directs and stars as Colonel Sergei Kotov, a hero of the Revolution who is spending the summer in the country with his young daughter (Mikhalkov's real-life daughter), his wife and her eccentric family. But when his wife's childhood love suddenly appears, the idyllic summer day takes a surprising turn. The lyrical film filled with beauty and warmth, Burnt by the Sun is also an indelible account of a man dedicated to family and the fatherland, cruelly destroyed by political paranoia. "Visually sumptuous, intellectually stimulating, extraordinarily acted, the movie will burn itself into your memory forever." (Barbara and Scott Siegel, WNEW-FM - Siegel Entertainment Syndicate)