DOLGAYA SCHASTLIVAYA ZHIZN A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE
Warning: as this is a Russian film, the title is to be considered ironic! Our protagonist Sascha is going to have anything but a “long and happy life”. Khlebnikov’s regular collaborator Aleksandr Yatsenko plays this young man who has had his fill of the impersonal life of the city and decides to move to a former kolkhoz way up north where he intends to make a fresh start as a farmer. Alas, corrupt civil servants and duplicitous friends foil his well-laid plans. Khlebnikov drew inspiration for this provincial parable from the classic Western HIGH NOON. The result is a sombre Russian drama.