Pique Dame (2016)
Director: Pavel Lungin
Cast: Kseniya Rappoport, Ivan Yankovsky, Maria Kurdenevich, Igor Mirkubanov, Yevgeni Zelensky
A new opera themed psychodrama, Pique Dame is inspired by Alexander Pushkin’s famous gothic tale. The film is directed by the celebrated Pavel Lungin and co-scripted by David Seidler, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The King’s Speech. Set in contemporary Moscow Pique Dame is about the casting of the lead roles for the opera Pique Dame by the former world-renowned soprano, Sofia Mayer who has returned to Russia to direct the opera that she made famous. Sofia once conquered the world with her voice, her beauty and the legend she carefully built around herself. Now only the legend remains — the diva herself hasn’t performed for years. But the woman who fascinated and thrilled the world for so long wants to crown her career with one more triumph. In Pique Dame she’ll use every dirty trick she knows to achieve it. A stylish and intelligent thriller that is reminiscent of Black Swan but even more psychologically unpredictable.