«The Collector» is a 2016 Russian drama film written and directed by Alexey Krasovsky. Starring: Konstantin Khabenskiy (main ond the only part). Voices: Xenia Buravskaya, Polina Agureeva, Darya Moroz, Valentina Lukaschuk, Evgeny Stychkin, Kirill Pletnyov, Igor Zolotovitsky, Tatyana Lazareva, Alexander Tyutin, Marina Lisovets, Nikita Tyunin.
The film premiered at Kinotavr Film Festival in Sochi on June 2015. Collector received critical acclaim, particularly for Khabenskiy’s performance. Khabenskiy won the Kinotavr Film Festival for Best Actor for his performance. The film also won the Kinotavr prize for best cinematography. On July 2012, during Karlovy Vary International Film Festival the film has won the Special Jury Prize.
Arthur is the best employee of a debts collecting firm . He’s got a high income and a solid reputation among his colleagues.
He risks losing it all at once because of a scandalous video involving that just hit the web. In one instant he becomes the main target of journalists and gossip columnists. His colleagues and friends turn away from him. He provokes intense hatred within society and is being threatened. The video, that was fabricated to set him up, becomes the truth. The truth he’s trying to tell is perceived as a lie.
Arthur is trapped inside his office. Alone against the world. But his main enemy, the author of the video, turns out to be a widow who is convinced that it was Arthur who drove her husband to suicide. She is going to do everything in her power to drive him off the deep end.
On November, 2016 the movie got the special award of special award of the Regional Counsil of Normandy of 24th Festival of Russian Cinema in Honfleur, France.
Konstantin Khabenskiy about “The Collector” Movie
“It’s really the great pleasure for me to win the award for the best male character at Kinotavr cinema festival for the third time. It was difficult to work on this movie. It’s a mono-movie, I’ve never been shot in arthouse movies before. Besides my character is an unordinary person, venturous and overstepping the lines in his work. But Arthur reminds the others that they must be responsible for their words and acts. Let the audience to decide whether Arthur is bad or good character.”
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