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World Cinema

Generation P

Year 2011
Runtime 116 mins
Language Russian
Subtitles Russian with English Subtitles
Albertan Premiere

The phrase “mind-bending” gets thrown around a lot these days, but in the case of Generation P, it's entirely appropriate.

The film begins at the tail end of Soviet Russia as the government and economy open. When poet and kiosk operator Babylen meets an old friend who convinces him that the future lies in advertising. As Russia begins to embrace consumerism, Babylen finds himself at the forefront of the new world order. What follows is an intoxicating blend of social commentary, political philosophy, ancient mythology and psychedelic drugs.

Working from the novel of the same name by Russian author Victor Pelevin, writer-director Victor Ginzburg has created an audacious and awe-inspiring feature that is willing to tear down every authority and institution in its path. Just be careful—once you watch Babylen work his way down this rabbit hole, your mind may never be the same.

 

Countries

United States
Awards
Winner East of West Award - Special Mention Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2011, Winner Special Mention Sofia International Film Festival 2012
Festivals
Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2011, Toronto International Film Festival 2011
Director
Victor Ginzburg
Producer
Stanislav Ershov, Victor Ginzburg, Yury Krestinskiy
Screenwriter
Djina Ginzburg, Victor Ginzburg
Cinematographer
Aleksei Rodionov
Editor
Anton Anisimov, Irakli Kvirikadze, Karolina Maciejewska, Vladimir Markov
Production Design
Nina Kobiashvili, Iurie Matei, Dmitri Petukhov, Pyotr Prorokov
Music
Kaveh Cohen, Alexander Hacke, Michael Nielsen
Cast
Vladimir Epifantsev, Oleg Taktarov, Mikhail Efremov