The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0944 Wednsday, 25 October 2006
Date: Monday, 23 Oct 2006 22:57:26 -0700
Subject: Russian Hamlet Adaptation Wins Rome Film Festival Top Prize
'Victim' rules Rome
By NICK VIVARELLI
Variety, October 22, 2006
ROME -- "Playing the Victim" ["Izobrajaya Zhertvy"], a black comedy by
Russian helmer-playwright Kirill Serebrennikov, took the top prize at
the first RomeFilmFest, which ended Saturday with organizers pleased,
though event's debut was far from flawless.
Comic "Hamlet" adaptation, in which a young man learns the truth about
his dead father while working for the police as a crime victim
impersonator, scooped fest's rich E200,000 ($252,000) pic nod, voted by
a jury of regular Roman film buffs.
"Victim" won Moscow's Sochi fest in June and has been a minor hit in Russia.
IMDB has a few details including some viewer comments and this plot summary.
Plot Summary for
Izobrazhaya zhertvu (2006)
PLAYING THE VICTIM is a dark comedy made as a modern-day adaptation of
Shakespeare's Hamlet. Valya, a young student is earning money by
representing victims of the crimes during various police investigation.
After the criminal has been seized a special group headed by a police
captain has to reconstruct the crime scene. The process itself is quite
comic and senseless: the criminals are defined already, and everyone
knows, that they will be prosecuted. However the regulations still
require a special team to imitate the crime once again in the same
surroundings. The criminal should fictionally kill the victim
(represented by Valya) one more time to confirm their guilt. Valya is
drowning in his absurd life going from one terrible crime scene to
another. Suddenly he has a vision: his deceased father comes to him in
his sleep and tells the scary truth- he was poisoned by his own wife and
her lover, who is now Valya's uncle... After this, the whole system of
values of Valya's world collapses. He will become himself the criminal
who will have to confess while somebody else represents his victims.
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