The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0944  Wednsday, 25 October 2006

From: 		Al Magary <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Monday, 23 Oct 2006 22:57:26 -0700
Subject: 	Russian Hamlet Adaptation Wins Rome Film Festival Top Prize

'Victim' rules Rome
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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