Three young entrepreneurs start an interior design bureau to renovate old apartments in Saint Petersburg. Their business takes off after they meet their first client, a beautiful free spirit who introduces them to a host of rich clientele and who has a secret she’s reluctant to share. —Seattle International Film Festival
Aleksei Balabanov was born on February 25, 1959 in Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg). In 1981 he graduated from Translation Faculty of Gorky Teachers’ Training University. From 1983 to 1987 Alexei worked as an assistant of a film director at Sverdlovsk film studio. Later Balabanov studied at the experimental course “Authors’ Cinema” of the High Courses for Scriptwriters and Film Directors, graduating in 1990.
Balabanov started his creative career in “big cinema” in 1991 with directing his first full-length feature Shchastlivyye dni (Happy Days) after his own script. In the same year he became the co-author of the script Pogranichniy Conflict (Frontier Conflict) by the young film director Nadezhda Khvorova. In 1992 Aleksei Balabanov together with producers Sergei Selyanov and Vasily Grigor’ev established the STV Film Company, which later participated in creation of almost all of his films.
In 1994 the film director released Zamok (The Castle) after the famous novel by Frantz… read more
After having seen "Brother", "Of Freaks and Men" and "morphia" found this humanist little tale somewhat surprising. Balabanov directs this small character driven piece with a restraint I didn't know he possessed. An interesting journey amongst a group of friends trying to get their business off the ground while navigating life's challenges. Other than the abrupt ending found the film worth watching.