About the film
NO-ONE is a family revenge story that turns into a parable of eternal return and historical guilt. It looks like an unusual anti-version of Shakespeare’s “Othello”, where the Renaissance characters and events are depicted in a parallel reality in Russia during the military coup of 1991. Venice is replaced by Moscow, Cyprus – by Crimea; the Venetian general Othello becomes a general of the Russian secret police and the insidious schemer Iago, Othello’s standard-bearer – an elite student, nephew of the Russian general. All this in a strange way corresponds to Shakespeare’s oeuvre, but at some point the events and character relations as if instigated by irresistible forces of fate, start to move away from the familiar plot. The main character is a brilliantly educated and artistically gifted general serving a cruel and blood-drenched organization; he harbors no illusions about the world around him, constantly changes masks and roles, always remaining at the top. Nevertheless, karmic forces pull events and people around him into a deadly vortex of infidelities and defeats. Betrayals cling to one another, and the inevitable becomes reality.
Written by Vladimir Prudkin, Lev Prudkin
Directed by Lev Prudkin, Vladimir Prudkin
Countries Israel, Ukraine
Production companies Mirage Adventures, Sasha Klein Production, Kinotur-Kiev, Prudkin & Prudkin Film
Running time 103 min; Language Russian
Release date 23 April 2018, Moscow International Film Festival
Awards and nominations
Oleg Sergeyevich, KGB General (Soviet Secret Service)
Tamara, General's wife
Zina, daughter of a Soviet party boss
Assistant to the General, KGB Officer
Vlad, General's nephew
Sasha, beach lifeguard in Crimea
Miranda, Zina's friend
KGB Officer, an old friend of the General
Recent and upcoming screenings
74th Cannes Film Festival - 10 July 2021
Palais des Festivals
La Croisette, Cannes, France
London Premiere - 7 October 2021
Soho Hotel Cinema Hall
4 Richmond Mews, London, W1D 3DH
Ukraine Premiere - 6 November 2021
NO-ONE by Lev and Vladimir Prudkin triumphs in Vienna
The narrative is a solid well-knit chronicle of the collapse of a family. In the idyllic setting, with the sea, beach, cliffs, high-class sanatorium at Crimian resort, light dresses , — there is conflict, discord. Treason, spying and skeletons in closets displace the peaceful resort.More
REVENGE BEYOND THE IRON CURTAIN
NO-ONE explores events that happen in Crimea during the collapse of the Soviet Union... although they’re not necessarily related to the coup happening back in Moscow.More
NO-ONE: A different view on the collapse of the USSR
Just as the Soviet empire was balancing in August 1991 on the verge of the return of the hermetic totalitarian power of the party elite and the war of all against all, the film balances between genres of drama, phantasmagoria, mystery play and high tragedy.More
About the directors / writers
Born in Russia, Vladimir Prudkin now lives in Israel and Western Europe. He graduated from Moscow State University with a Master of Science degree in mathematics, then as a director and actor from Moscow Art Theatre School with a Master of Fine Arts degree.
Vladimir worked at Moscow Academic Art Theatre as a director and vice artistic director. His filmography as a director and a screenwriter includes AUTUMN WIND, SCENES OF DEATH, NO-ONE and others.
Lev Prudkin’s short film PERFURMERY, starring Mikhail Yefremov, was awarded at the St Anna Short Film Festival. NO-ONE is his second feature-length film. A graduate of the Faculty of Philology at Moscow State University with a degree in Spanish literature, Lev later earned a director’s degree at Moscow State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK).
Lev Prudkin’s upcoming film FAIRYTALE SECT features a predominantly British cast and is currently in the final stages of post-production, with an expected release date in 2021.
Sasha Klein was a director, producer and the founder of Sasha Klein Productions (1986) – one of the leading production companies in Israel. Films by Sasha Klein Productions have received numerous awards on several Israeli and international Film Festivals.
Sasha Klein died in 2018.
Yevsey Yevseyev is a film and theatre play score composer who’s also written over 200 songs. From 1991 to 2000 he lived and worked in Los Angeles and New York.