Friend Of The Deceased , A

Our hero Anatoli is an unemployed translator of about 35, who lives in the city of Kiev in Ukrania. He knows English and French but apart from some trifles for a few dollars, luck doesn't serve him well. One day his blond and beautiful wife who lives in the same house but sleeps in another bed gets in the foreign made red car of a rich man and lives him. While Anatoli, unemployed and abandoned, has helplessly submitted himself to the flux of time, he meets an old friend. The friend tells him about a hired hand who kills for 500 dollars. Having drunk a litlle too much, Anatoli says that he wants the lover of his wife to be removed, and thus unwittingly puhes the button. The next morning the killer calls and asks him to leave in the mailbox a picture of the man he's going to kill. Anatoli desperately hopeless, goes to a photo studio, has his picture taken, and leaves that in the mailbox. A Friend of the Deceased, like many films arriving from East European countries in recent years, presents sections from a society experiencing the sharp pains of transition, but it proves different from others not onlythanks to the style of its director and the story, but also because it's a film to remember. The director, Krichtofovitch, while combining the melancholic French film noir tradition telling about hopeless lonelyheroes strolling in bright city streets and sitting in dark cafés, with the American pulp fiction tradition about minor crimes and manor criminals, has made a film which salutes Antonioni and Wenders, masters of the defeated man making preverse decisions about himself and his life. The most important achievement of Krichtofovitch is his denial of the gloomy realism and the observat pessimismof an extremly emotional tone which the East European cinema of recent years has reverted to, and his resolving on a composed and distanced cinematic narration... A Friend of the Deceased is a film that avoids the exaggerated emphasis aiming to swindle the audience, tells its story gently but very strikingly and thus hits it on the mark. To cut a long story short, director Krishtofovich and his script writer Kurkov have signed one of the best films recently arriving from East European cinema, maybe the best. Mehmet Açar
Fransa Ukranya 

Andreï Kourkov

Vilen Kolouta

Elvira Soumovskaïa

Compagnie des Films

Alexandre Lazarev
Evgueni Pachin
Tatiana Krivitskaïa

Vladimir Gronski

4th Festival on Wheels