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Betrayal

Betrayal

Original Title: Izmena
Director: Kirill Serebrennikov
Russia | Russian
2012 | 115min. | Colour
Subtitles: Arabic and English
Format: DCP
18+
Betrayal is a dark tale of love, passion and most of all adultery featuring an impressive performance by German star Franziska Petri. During a routine cardiac test a man (Dejan Lilic) is casually informed by his medical examiner (Petri) that her husband is cheating on her with the man’s wife. The news obviously sets his heartbeat racing. His subsequent investigations prove her right. What unfolds is a harsh chronicle of both the lustful and harmful ramifications of following one’s sexual instincts. The betrayed man and woman are inevitably drawn to each other and become partners in crime themselves – life comes a full circle and the betrayed have become the betrayers themselves.

Director Kirill Serebrennikov comes from a theatre background but proved his cinematographic talent with Playing the Victim, his 2006 adaptation of Hamlet. Here, through his effective use of atmosphere he builds a universe from which there seems to be no escape. The betrayed spouses remain deliberately unnamed and have to survive against an unspecified yet clearly post-Soviet backdrop. Furthermore the story is stripped of the run-of-the-mill supporting characters common to mainstream films who offer relief by setting common moral standards. The chronicle’s relentless tone is further heightened by its repeated use of visual distortions and reflections, thus creating both a mental and physical world in which the protoganists are isolated within their own perspectives. They become the core impersonation of universal ethical questions. Serebrennikov’s answer to these is the film itself.

–Miryam van Lier

Director,  Kirill Serebrennikov

Director,  Kirill Serebrennikov

Kirill Serebrennikov was born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, and graduated in physics from Rostov State University in 1992. He got his start as a director staging plays at local theatres. His breakthrough came with Plasticin (2001) by Vassily Sigarev, which won numerous awards. His film Playing the Victim (2006) won the Grand Prix at the International Rome Film Festival. This success was followed by Yuri’s Day (2008), which won awards both at home and internationally.

Cast and Crew

Director
Kirill Serebrennikov
Cast
Franziska Petri, Dejan Lilic, Albina Dzhanabaeva, Andrei Schetinin, Arturs Skrastins, Guna Zarina, Yakov Levda
Production Company
Studio Slon
Producer
Sabina Eremeeva
Screenwriter
Natalia Nazarova, Kirill Serebrennikov
Editor
Sergei Ivanov
Cinematographer
Oleg Lukichev
Sound
Boris Voit
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