Captain Volkonogov Escaped

Kapitan Volkonogov Bezhal

Greek Premiere

Captain Fyodor Volkonogov, a well-respected and obedient USSR law enforcer, witnesses his peers being suspiciously questioned. Sensing his turn is approaching, he escapes and is soon on the run, hunted by his former colleagues. Vulnerable and hopeless, Fyodor comes to realize what he had been part of, and that repentance is the only way for him to escape the eternal torment of Hell. But time is running out and the manhunt is closing in on him... A bleak yet delightful parable alluding to the existentialist tragedies (and redemptions) of Fyodor Dostoevsky, the absurdism of Nikolai Gogol, and the proto-magical realism of Mikhail Bulgakov.

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Direction: Aleksey Chupov, Natasha Merkulova
Script: Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov, Mart Taniel
Cinematography: Mart Taniel
Editing: François Gédigier
Sound: Matis Rei
Music: Elena Stroganova, Matis Rei
Actors: Yuriy Borisov, Timofey Tribuntsev, Aleksandr Yatsenko, Nikita Kukushkin, Vladimir Epifantsev, Anastasiya Ukolova, Natalya Kudryashova, Dmitriy Podnozov, Viktoriya Tolstoganova, Yuriy Kuznetsov, Igor Savochkin
Production: Place of Power, Lookfilm
Producers: Valeriy Fedorovich, Evgeniy Nikishov, Aleksandr Plotnikov
Co-production: Homeless Bob Production, Kinovista
Co-producers: Katrin Kissa, Charles-Evrard Tchekhoff, Nadiia Zaionchkovska
Costumes: Nadezhda Vasileva
Production Design: Sergey Fevralev
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Russia, Estonia, France
Production Year: 2021
Duration: 126'
Distribution in Greece: Cinobo
Contact: Memento International

Aleksey Chupov, Natasha Merkulova

Natasha Merkulova (1979) and Aleksey Chupov (1973) formed a writing/directing duo in 2013, in their debut Intimate Parts. The film received over 30 awards and nominations in Festivals such as Karlovy Vary, Fort Lauderdale, and Tallinn Black Nights. In 2018, the second feature The Man Who Surprised Everyone was selected to the Horizons Competition, Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Best Actress award. In 2020, they wrote and directed the Call Center series that won the Best Script award at the Pilot FF. They're currently co-directing Anna K, a contemporary reimagining of Leo Tolstoy’s iconic novel Anna Karenina, for a Netflix’s original drama series.


2013 Intimate Parts
2016 Krizis nezhnogo vozrasta (TV Mini Series)
2017 About Love. For Adults Only (segment “Swingers”)
2018 The Man Who Surprised Everyone
2020 Call Cebter (TV series)
2021 Captain Volkonogov Escaped