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Captain Volkonogov Escaped Kapitan Volkonogov Bezhal

  Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov

  Russia, France, Estonia     126 minutes


1938 Leningrad. Captain Volkonogov (Yuri Borisov) has been working as an enthusiastic enforcer for the Soviet National Security Service extracting confessions—most of them false— from anyone deemed a threat by the Party. Upon receiving a cautionary warning from a figure in a dream telling him he must atone for his sins, his confidence in the cause begins to erode. With his former boss at the Security Service hot on his heels, he sets out to find the family members of those he wronged to secure absolution and expose the State’s nefarious dealings. A wild-eyed, Stalin-era cat-and-mouse thriller, Captain Volkonogov Escaped deploys staggering dystopian production design as its characters careen through the city in a quest for redemption.

 Russian with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

In-Theater Screening

Fri, Oct 15 @ 5:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

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In-Theater Screening

Fri, Oct 22 @ 3:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

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Virtual Screening

Available to stream for a 72-hour watch window beginning Oct 20 @ 6:00pm CDT in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin

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Special Event

Sat, Oct 16 @ 2:00pm CDT

Livestream Q&A with directors Natalya Merkulova and Alexey Chupov.

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Film Credits

  •   Valeriy Fedorovich, Evgeniy Nikishov, Aleksandr Plotnikov
  •   Natasha Merkulova and Aleksei Chupov with Mart Taniel
  •   François Gedigier
  •   Mart Taniel
  •   Yuriy Borisov, Timofey Tribuntsev, Aleksandr Yatsenko, Nikita Kukushkin
  •   Place of Power, Lookfilm, Homeless Bob Production, Kinovista


International Competition Patron

Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum