The Geographer Drank His Globe Away
125 min
Russian with English subtitles
The young biologist Viktor Sluzhkin works as a geography teacher in an ordinary school in Perm for need of money. He struggles at first, then makes friends with the pupils, clashes with the head of studies, and takes the finalists on a trip along the river. He also drinks wine with his friends, and tries to get along with his wife, and takes his daughter to the kindergarten. He simply lives… But Alexei Ivanov wrote this simple private story so desperately and so gently, with the resonant phrase “the geographer has drunk away the globe”, as happens only with remarkable books when they become a story about everyone: everyone who at least once got muddled and lost in his life; everyone who sometimes felt as lonely as Viktor Sluzhkin; and everyone who – despite loneliness and melancholy – never lost the ability to feel and to love.

2013, Russia, 120 min., color, language – Russian

Director Alexander Veledinsky

  • Scriptwriters Alexander Veledinsky, with participation from Rauf Kubaev and Valery Todorovsky
  • DoP Vladimir Bashta
  • Production Design Vladimir Gudilin, Sergey Gudilin
  • Music Alexey P. Zubarev
  • Editing Tatiana Prilenskaya, Alexander Veledinsky
  • Cast: Konstantin Khabensky, Elena Liadova, Alexander Robak, Yevgenia Brik, Yevgenia Kregzhde, Anna Ukolova, Maxim Lagashkin, Agrippina Steklova, Anfisa Chernykh, Andrey Prytkov, Ilya Ilinykh, Anna Siniakina
  • Producers Vadim Goryainov, Leonid Lebedev, Valery Todorovsky
  • Production Krasnya Strela Studio, Studio Marmot Film, with support from the Cinema Fund and the Ministry of Culture, Youth Policy and Mass Communications of the Perm Region


Festival President prize, Audience grand-prix and Best Ensemble prize, SIFF “On the Edge”

Golden Eagle Awards in Best Director, Best Actress and Best Actor categories

Nika Awards in Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Music categories

White Elephant Awards in Best Film, Best Actress and Best Actor categories

Grand-prix, Best Actor prize, Best Music prize and prize of Film Distributor’s jury, ORFF “Kinotavr”

Grand-prix “Golden Duke” (audience award) and Best film prize (international competition), IFF in Odessa

Grand-prix, Cottbus Film Festival

2nd place prize,audience competition, “Window to Europe” FF

Prize named after Alexei Samoryadov for Best Screenplay, IFF “East-West. Classica and Avant Garde”

Grand-prix, “Sputnik over Poland” FF

Grand-prix, Honfleur Festival of Russian cinema

Director, scriptwriter. Winner of the NIKA award for Best Script (2007, “Alive”), prize-winner of national and international festivals. Born in 1959 in Gorky (Nizhni Novgorod). Graduated from the Gorky Polytechnic (1981), then from the directors’ department of the Higher Courses for Directors and Scriptwriters (1995, workshop of A. Proshkin and V. Priemykhov). His diploma film “Just the Two of Us” participated in the Un Certain Regard program at Cannes IFF and has been recognised at many festivals. In 2002 he co-authored the script for the cult serial “The Brigade”, and in the same year filmed the serial “The Law”. His full-length films won numerous awards in Russia. “Alive” (2006) won Golden Eagle, Nika, White Elephant and MTV-Russia Awards as well as two prwizes at ORFF “Kinotavr”. “Russkoe” (2004) and “In the Cape Town port” (2018) were awarded at “Window to Europe” film festival.
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