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Nikita Mikhalkov

Burnt by the Sun (Utomlennye solntsem)

135' - 1994 - War, Drama - Dialogue: Russian, French
Director: Nikita Mikhalkov Composer: Eduard Artemyev With: Nikita Mikhalkov, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Oleg Menshikov
Set in 1936, a few months before Stalin's infamous purge of dissidents to the gulag, the film centers on a romantic triangle among a hard-line Red Army Commander (Mikhalkov), his refined intellectual wife (Dapkunaite) and a young interloper (Menshikov). It's a depiction of a terrible history viewed through the eyes of the commander's five-year-old daughter(Mikhalkov's daughter Nadya). The movie culminates in the commander's unexpected arrest by secret police agents, one of whom allows the commander's daughter to drive the black limousine carrying the father they have just arrested. Mikhalkov uses such memorable symbols to convey a sense of how the young and naive Soviet nation was transformed into the Evil Empire - an inhuman social experiment.

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Nikita Mikhalkov


Eduard Artemyev


Nikita Mikhalkov, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Oleg Menshikov


Nikita Mikhalkov, Rustam Ibragimbekov

Director of Photography

Vilen Kalyuta


Enzo Meniconi


Michel Seydoux

More information


Russian, French

Countries of production

Russia, France



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