The Vanished Empire

Directed by Karen Shakhnazarov

Year: 2008
Running Time: 104
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Country: Russia
Language: Russian with English subtitles. [audio]
Booking Inquiry Shop Home Video

The Vanished Empire

Cast
Lidia Milyuzina
Alexander Lyapin

Crew
Directed by Karen Shakhnazarov


Emotionally acute, grittily realistic, and surprisingly lyrical, THE VANISHED EMPIRE is a “wise, elegiac film” (The New York Times) that depicts a teenage boy’s stumbling journey into adulthood from the streets of early 70’s Soviet Moscow, to a lost city in the timeless Uzbekistan desert, to a post-communist Russian future that seemed impossible during the height of the cold war.

Trapped by obligations to his pre-teen brother, archaeologist single mother and aging grandfather, the illicit temptations of youth, and the social hypocrisy of life in a USSR fifteen years away from its own inevitable transformation, 18 year old Sergey rebels by sidestepping responsibility altogether. Aided and enabled by the privileged, westernized diplomat’s son Kostya and straight-laced schoolmate Styopa, Sergey pursues girls, vodka, pot, and Western rock and roll with equal abandon. But then the arrival of gorgeous, innocent Lyuda threatens to break Sergey out of his rootless cycle of teenage kicks, even as it tests his already tenuous connection to friends, family, past, and future.

Working in widescreen, director Karen Shakhnazarov (Jazzman, The Rider Named Death) expertly recreates Brezhnev-era Moscow, captures the hypnotic otherworldliness of the West Asian desert, and crafts a bracingly unsentimental, humorous, and moving portrait of youth and country on the threshold of inevitable change.

Reviews

“ONE OF RUSSIA’S SIGNATURE VOICES... with a wry attitude toward life under the Soviet umbrella.” – Michael Atkinson, BOSTON PHOENIX

“THIS WISE, ELEGIAC FILM... embraces a view of history that is more far-reaching than the rise and fall of the Soviet Union.” – Stephen Holden, THE NEW YORK TIMES



Awards

  • Official Selection Lone Star Film Festival

Interested in bringing The Vanished Empire to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.

The Vanished Empire may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.

To read more about Kino Lorber Edu's terms of use and ordering information, visit Kino Lorber Edu.

Join the conversation
'@KinoLorber' on Dec. 5 2019 at 2:50pm
"This near-constant sparring between mother and son creates palpable tension throughout the film, but also the spac…' https://t.co/QZSFTUulIJ'
'@KinoLorber' on Dec. 5 2019 at 2:10pm
Bruno Dumont's COINCOIN AND THE EXTRA-HUMANS, Aaron Schimberg's CHAINED FOR LIFE, Jean-Luc Godard's THE IMAGE BOOK,…' https://t.co/jf29leSmRM'
'@KinoLorber' on Dec. 5 2019 at 2:08pm
RT' @tnyfrontrow': The best movies of 2019 and why this year—and this list—are different:' https://t.co/Li23YSkHV2'
'@KinoLorber' on Dec. 5 2019 at 2:08pm
RT' @tnyfrontrow': More good news: Jia Zhangke's I Wish I Knew, from 2010—one of his best films—is getting its long-overdue theatrical releas…
'@KinoLorber' on Dec. 5 2019 at 1:57pm
RT' @CAP_UCLA': Dawson City: Frozen Time is #3 on' @VanityFair's' best of the decade list! Tickets still available to see it with LA's own' @Wil…'
'@KinoLorber' on Dec. 5 2019 at 12:35pm
Beniamino Barrese's "mesmerizing, tender" (@aoscott) doc THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY MOTHER about model turned activist…' https://t.co/5zULPQKJpD'
'@KinoLorber' on Dec. 5 2019 at 12:30pm
RT' @DavidGeoffreyA': An Italian Supermodel, At 75, Wants Only To Disappear. She Allows Only Her Son To Defy Her via' @forbes'' @BenBarrese' #the…
'@KinoLorber' on Dec. 5 2019 at 12:20pm
"There’s something about Mexico and in the DNA of Mexicans that makes cinema speak to us." ' @Carlos_Film' of…' https://t.co/Bks5uTeUYU'
'@KinoLorber' on Dec. 5 2019 at 10:33am
RT' @filmcenter': See the "astonishing, maddening, brilliant, hilarious, obstinate, and altogether unmissable" (@IndieWire) SYNONYMS Dec. 6…
'@KinoLorber' on Dec. 5 2019 at 10:32am
RT' @jpraup': 😍😍' https://t.co/73iVj9Nmid'
Tweet Now!

Inquiries & Press

General Inquiries

Kino Lorber, Inc.
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (212) 629-6880
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871

Press & Media

For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing dninh@kinolorber.com or calling 212-629-6880.

Educational

Please visit our educational site at www.KinoLorberEDU.com

For assistance with educational orders, please contact us at:

Phone:212-629-6880
Fax: 212-714-0871
Email: edu@kinolorber.com