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Black Lightning

(Chernaya Molniya)
Sponsored by: Pepsi

North american Premiere

  • Russia 2009
  • 106 min
  • 35mm
  • Russian with English subtitles


Sci-Fi / FantasyFamilyAction / Adventure

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Director: Alexandr Voytinskiy & Dmitriy Kiselev
Screenplay: Dmitriy Aleynikov, Aleksandr Talal
Cast: Grigoriy Dobrygin, Ekaterina Vilkova, Viktor Verzhbitskiy, Valeriy Zolotukhin, Ekaterina Vasileva
Producers: Timur Bekmambetov
Print Source: Focus/Universal

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World Premiere
2010 | 9 min



Dima’s like most other Moscow students his age. He’s from hard-working, blue-collar stock, his parents scrimping and sacrificing to afford him a shot at a better future through education. Caught between the old ways of traditional Russian culture and the inevitable wave of Western-style capitalism, Dima is caught between two worlds. Does he hold to the values of his parents or do like his friend Max and dive in to the American Dream wholeheartedly? One thing’s for sure, Max’s approach has landed him the girl of Dima’s dreams... The answer to Dima’s problem, surprisingly, comes in the form of a car. But a not a glossy new piece of high-tech engineering. No, Dima’s car is a beat-up black Volga. A Russian car. The people’s car. An embarrassing antique presented to him by his proud, tram-driving father on his birthday. He’s tempted to simply junk it but good thing he doesn’t. Because, you see, Dima’s new Volga is a relic of another age in more way than one. For it also represents the final successful experiment of a lost Soviet-era laboratory. Dima’s car can fly.

From producer Timur Bekmambetov, the director of Russia’s hit NIGHT WATCH films and Hollywood effort WANTED, with a pair of Bekmambetov’s former assistants taking the directorial reins, BLACK LIGHTNING is a distinctly Russian twist on the superhero genre. Yes, elements of the story are quite familiar and, yes, it does require a hefty suspension of disbelief to accept that nobody notices this thing blasting into the sky out of hefty traffic, but is that really any more difficult to accept than an American college kid who can stick to walls after being bitten by a spider? And once you accept the basic premise of their film, directors Dmitriy Kiselev and Aleksandr Voytinskiy deliver what has to be the most successful film of the Russian genre wave. Neatly balancing elements of romance and drama with a classic power-equals-responsibility tale, BLACK LIGHTNING hits all of its marks without fail. This is unabashed entertainment for the masses, and the distinctions layered in because those masses are Russian rather than American make all the difference. Hollywood gloss coupled with Russian exoticism makes BLACK LIGHTNING a true crowd-pleaser

—Todd Brown

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