Based on Vladimir Makanin’s “The Prisoner” from the Caucasus, Captive is an intimate, surprising look at the folly of war. In the present day, Russian soldiers are trapped in the vast Chechen landscape, stifling in the heat, lost in hostile, alien surrounds. The handsome, laconic commander Rubakhin and the playful sniper Vovka need a guide to lead their convoy to safety. They seize a handsome local boy, who becomes their passport to safety, but they must pay a terrible price.

Aleksey Uchitel - Biography
Aleksey Uchitel was born in 1951. He graduated from VGIK in 1975 and worked as a director at the Leningrad Documentary Film Studio. He became the head of the Rock Films in 1992, where he produced several successful debuts, including Katiya Shagalova’s Pavlov’s Dog and Aleksandr Rogozhkin’s The Game. Many of Uchitel’s short documentaries were awarded at film festivals worldwide. His feature debut came in 1995 with Giselle’s Mania, about renowned Russian ballerina Olga Spesivtseva, and screened in numerous international festivals, including Cannes. His latest film, The Edge, is set in 1945 Siberia.

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