09 20 Oct '24

Valeri Ogordnikov

The Barracks (Barak)

Edition 2000
116' - 1999 - Drama - Dialogue: Russian
Director: Valeri Ogordnikov With: Irina Senotova, Yuliya Svezhakova, Evgeniy Sidikhin
Barak is a simple portrait of the inhabitants of an old barracks converted to a communal residential neighborhood in a provincial town in the Urals in 1953, during the postwar rebuilding following the death of Stalin. The community is almost self-contained, which sets an example for the lives and loves of ordinary people in the rest of the Soviet Union during a period of upheaval. Twenty-three-year-old Olga, the sole survivor of a family wiped out in the siege of Leningrad, is the latest arrival to the barracks, where she does not know anyone. Alexei, a militia man, lives with his son Burka and his girlfriend Claudia. Jewish Jora, an eccentric photographer-cum-clown, is a former victim of Stalin's purges. Friedrich is an ex-Nazi soldier married to a Russian. Guerka is an alcoholic dove breeder and a former Nazi collaborator. Polina is a pretentious Ukrainian and Karim the Tatar is her companion. Olga gradually adjusts herself to the circumstances, living each day with moments of joy, sorrow, and unexpected incidents. (Gönül Dönmez-Colin)

Credits

Director

Valeri Ogordnikov

With

Irina Senotova, Yuliya Svezhakova, Evgeniy Sidikhin

Scenario

Valeri Ogordnikov, Viktor Petrov

Director of Photography

Yuriy Klimenko, Anatoly Lapshov

Editor

Valeri Ogordnikov, Galina Tanayeva

Producer

Valeri Ogordnikov, Stanislav Arkhipov, Leonid Yarmolnik

More information

Dialogue

Russian

Countries of production

Russia

Year

1999

Stay up to date, subscribe to our newsletter

Do you want to stay up to date with festival news, our year-round activities, the films and the filmmakers?