The Major

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    The Major

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    99 min

    • Russian


    Toronto IFF - Contemporary World Cinema

    On a cold winter’s day Sergey Sobolev, a major at the local police office, is driving to the hospital where his wife is about to give birth to their child. High from happiness, he’s driving too fast and runs down a boy on a passage walk, who dies. Now the major has only two options: go to prison or conceal the crime. Sobolev decides to compromise with his conscience and calls on a colleague to help him out. But the case turns out to be messy and when Sobolev finally changes his mind and tries to make up for his deed, it’s already too late…


    • Special Prize for Best Director - Cottbus FF
    • Best Director - Bratislava IFF


    Denis Shevod
    Irina Nizina
    Ilya Isaev
    Yury Bykov
    Yury Bykov
    Kirill Klepalov
    Yury Bykov
    Yury Bykov


    Like an episode of The Shield transplanted to the snow-swept Russian countryside, writer-director Yuri Bykov’s The Major is a tense, handheld police thriller

    Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

    Yury Bykov

    Yury Bykov


    As artists we should focus on speaking through our work about mankind and its problems, about our different beliefs and how to reach an understanding, that would solve the problems that those beliefs create among people.

    Yuri Bykov is a director, screenwriter and actor born in 1981 in Russia. He studied acting at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), and performed at various Moscow theatres after graduating in 2005. A year later, Bykov started to direct short films and write screenplays. In 2009, his short film THE BOSS, in which he also plays the lead role, won first prize in the Short Film Competition at the Kinotavr Film Festival, and was screened at the Interfest 25th International Short Film Festival. In 2010, he directed LIVE!, his first feature film. In 2013, he then directed THE MAJOR which was selected within Cannes Critics' Week. His latest film, THE FOOL, was recently nominated for a Golden Leopard at the 2014 edition Film Festival Locarno.

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