DUSHA SHPIONA / THE SOUL OF A SPY

2015, Colour & B W, Russia, World Competition

THE SOUL OF A SPY

 

Production Team

Director : Vladimir Bortko

Screenwriter : Vladimir Bortko, Mikhail Lyubimov. D'après le roman/Based on the novel: And Hell Followed Him. De/By: Mikhael Lyubimov

Cinematographer : Elena Ivanova

Editor : Leda Semenova

Cast : Andrei Chernyshov, Malcolm McDowell, Daniil Spivakovskiy, Liam Cunningham, Fedor Bondarchuk, Sandrine Bonnaire

Music : Igor Krutoi

Film production and Sales : Prod.: Leonid Vereshagin, Anton Zlatopolskiy, Natalia Bortko, Three T Productions / Studio 2B2 Entertainment, Kamenoostrovsky Avenue 10, St. Petersbourg 197101 (Russie), info@trite.ru / pr@lenfilm.ru.


 

Synopsis

A Russian intelligence agent Alexander Fedorov who works in London under the name of Alex Wilkie asks for a political asylum in the West. He then becomes a double agent working for both Russia and USA. But for whom is he really working? His territory covers Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Egypt, Morocco and Russia. The story ends up with the solution to the riddle and five corpses. But this isn't a normal spy story. It is about a spy's methods and instruments. A surgeon works with a scalpel, a miner with an air hammer. A spy, notwithstanding what country he is working for -- China or Japan, Russia or USA -- has the same instruments: blackmail, theft, eavesdropping, forgery... And, when, required, murder. A spy may have a few wives -- for purposes of cover. No friends, but plenty of informers. In order to lead a double, a treble life. It is a profession that makes an imprint on a human being. As it did KGB colonel Michael Lyubimov during the Cold War.

 

Director

Born in Moscow in 1946, Vladimir Bortko grew up in the family of the Ukrainian Soviet playwright Aleksandr Korneychuk. After his studies in the Geological College in Kiev and his military service, he worked as an electrical engineer in Kiev before studying theatre and cinema and joining the Dovzhenko Film Studios as an assistant director. He made his own directorial debut in 1975 with KANAL and came to international attention in 1988 with his adaptation of Bulgakov's HEART OF A DOG. For television, he adapted Dostoyevsky's The Idiot and Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita. His 2009 film, TARAS BULBA, adapted from Gogol, was also a popular success.


 

Projections

Friday August 28, 2022 - 04:30 PM - CINÉMA IMPÉRIAL
Saturday August 29, 2022 - 02:00 PM - CINÉMA IMPÉRIAL


 

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