Sergei Makovetsky, Sergei Garmash, Aleksei Petrenko, Yuri Stoyanov, Sergei Gazarov, Nikita Mikhalkov, Mikhail Yefremov, Valentin Gaft, Alexei Gorbunov
Best Foreign Language Film Nomination
(2008 Academy Awards)
Golden Lion Nomination
(2007 Venice Film Festival)
From Oscar winning director Nikita Mikhalkov (Burnt by the Sun), 12 is a powerful remake of the 1957 Sidney Lumet classic 12 Angry Men. It has also received the 2008 Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, making waves in cinematic circles around the world.
12 is set in a Russian school in the war-torn republic of Chechnya. Twelve jurors are struggling to decide the fate of a Chechen teenager who allegedly killed his Russian stepfather. The jurors: a racist taxi-driver, a suspicious doctor, a vacillating TV producer, a Holocaust survivor, a flamboyant musician, a cemetery manager, and others represent the fragmented society of modern day Russia. Amidst the battle between Chechens and Russians outside, a stray bird (a touch of New Age cinema) flies above the jurors' heads, as an allusion to tolerance.
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