Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives an unusual man whose bizarre conduct confuses his fellow monks, while others who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the future.
Almost a sinful pleasure is Andrey Zhegalov's striking widescreen cinematography...the unusual northern landscape yields to the austerity of drained monochromes lit by dazzling skies.
(Deborah Young, Variety)
WINNER - Audience Award and Jury Award for BEST FILM, Moscow International Film Festival
Official Selection - Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival, and London Film Festival -
Director: Pavel Lungin
Writer: Dmitry Sobolev
Stars: Pyotr Mamonov, Viktor Sukhorukov, Dmitriy Dyuzhev
Genre: Drama | Religion