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White Tiger (Beliy Tigr)

Contemporary World Cinema - Doha Tribecca Film Festival 2012

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Karen Shakhnazarov / Feature Narrative / Russia / 2012 / 104 min / Colour / DCP / In Russian / Arabic, English subtitles / MENA Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.

Synopsis

A somewhat atypical Russian war story about a man with an extraordinary gift, ‘White Tiger’ is set toward the end of World War II – or the Great Patriotic War, as the Russians call it. Ivan Naidenov, a tank driver (an excellent Alexei Vertkov) is severely burnt in a battle with the White Tiger, a preternaturally powerful German tank. Miraculously, Ivan’s wounds heal quickly, but his recovery is accompanied by amnesia and the mystical ability to understand the language of tanks. The injuries Ivan sustains mean he can leave combat service; instead, he chooses to return to the battlefield to defeat the evil tank. Director Karen Shakhnazarov compares the struggle between man and machine in ‘White Tiger’ with the confrontation between man and whale in Melville’s ‘Moby Dick’; his film is a fascinating, fantastical film about the incomprehensibility of the dark side of human nature and our endless succession of wars.

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About the Director

Born in 1952, in Krasnodar in the former USSR, writer-director Karen Shakhnazarov is a leading figure in Soviet and post-Soviet Russian cinema; he has been General Director of Mosfilm since 1998. Films include ‘Courier’ (1987); ‘Gorod Zero’, which won a Gold Hugo in Chicago in 1989; ‘Assassin of the Czar’, which was in competition at Cannes in 1991; and ‘Ward No. 6’ (2009).

Credits

Director
Karen Shakhnazarov
Screenwriter
Alexandr Borodyanskiy
Producer
Karen Shakhnazarov
Editor
Irina Kozhemyakina
Music
Yuriy Pateenko
Cinematographer
Alexandr Kuznetsov
Cast
Alexey Vertkov, Vitaly Kishchenko, Valery Grishko, Vladimir Ilyin, Karl Kranzkowski, Christian Redl

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