Moscow Never Sleeps (2015)
Москва никогда не спит
DIRECTOR: Johnny O'Reilly
CAST: Aleksey Serebryakov, Yuri Stoyanov, Lubov Aksenova, Mikhail Efremov, Evgenia Brik, Oleg Dolin
Moscow Never Sleeps is a contemporary multi-stranded narrative that dives into the volatile intersections of Russia’s capital and the intimate lives of five people: an entrepreneur whose business empire comes under siege by powerful bureaucrats; a teenage girl mired in the misery of a broken home; a young man forced to abandon his grandmother; a beautiful singer torn apart by the pursuit of two men; and an ailing film star who gets embroiled in a bizarre kidnapping. Over the course of one day, their lives will change forever. These stories weave through Moscow’s manic cityscape as it celebrates its birthday with a massive fireworks display. Directed by Irishman, Johnny O’Reilly, who now considers himself a Muscovite, the film reveals the unrestrained energy of Europe’s biggest city and testifies to the depth and power of the Russian spirit. It reveals Moscow to be full of contradictions: corrupt, challenging, charming and surprisingly caring - all at the same time.