Thursday, February 2, 2012

Eastern Promises

2007 Thriller Film

Director: David Cronenberg

Writer: Steven Knight

Cinematography: Peter Suschitzky

Running time: 100 minutes

Country: Canada, United Kingdom & United States

Tagline: Every sin leaves a mark.

Viggo Mortensen as Nikolai Luzhin
Naomi Watts as Anna Khitrova
Vincent Cassel as Kirill
Armin Mueller-Stahl as Semyon
Jerzy Skolimowski as Stepan
Sinéad Cusack as Helen
Mina E. Mina as Azim
Josef Altin as Ekrem
Donald Sumpter as Yuri
Raza Jaffrey as Dr. Aziz
Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse as Tatiana
Tatiana Maslany as Tatiana (Voice Only)
Tamer Hassan as Chechen
Olegar Fedoro as Tattooist
Igor Outkine, accordionist and singer in the birthday party scene

A Russian teenager living in London who dies during childbirth leaves clues to a midwife in her journal that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family.

  1. Saturn Award-Best International Film- Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
  2. British Independent Film Award-Best Actor Viggo Mortensen-British Independent Film Awards
  3. DGC Craft Award-Direction/Feature Film David Cronenberg- Directors Guild of Canada
  4. DGC Craft Award-Picture Editing/Feature Film Ronald Sanders- Directors Guild of Canada
  5. DGC Craft Award-Production Design/Feature Film Carol Spier- Directors Guild of Canada
  6. DGC Craft Award-Sound Editing/Feature Film Wayne Griffin (supervising sound editor), Michael O'Farrell (supervising sound editor), Tony Currie (dialogue editor),  Alastair Gray (adr editor), Rob Bertola (effects editor), Matthew Hussey (assistant sound editor) & Gren-Erich Zwicker (assistant sound editor)  - Directors Guild of Canada
  7. DGC Team Award-Feature Film David Cronenberg (director), Walter Gasparovic (first assistant director), Catherine Currie (post production accountant), Madeleine Wazana (post production accountant), Carol Spier (production designer), Ronald Sanders (picture editor), Tad Seaborn (first assistant picture editor), Wayne Griffin (supervising sound editor), Michael O'Farrell (supervising sound editor), Tony Currie (dialogue editor), Rob Bertola (sound effects editor), Alastair Gray (adr editor), Matthew Hussey (first assistant sound editor) & Gren-Erich Zwicker (first assistant sound editor)
  8. Fotogramas de Plata-Best Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera) David Cronenberg- Fotogramas de Plata
  9. Genie-Best Achievement in Cinematography Peter Suschitzky-Genie Awards
  10. Genie-Best Achievement in Editing Ronald Sanders-Genie Awards
  11. Genie-Best Achievement in Music/Original Score Howard Shore-Genie Awards
  12. Genie-Best Achievement in Overall Sound Stuart Wilson, Christian T. Cooke,
    Orest Sushko & Mark Zsifkovits-Genie Awards
  13. Genie-Best Achievement in Sound Editing Wayne Griffin, Rob Bertola, Tony Currie, Goro Koyama & Michael O'Farrell-Genie Awards
  14. Genie-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Armin Mueller-Stahl-Genie Awards
  15. Genie-Best Screenplay, Original Steven Knight-Genie Awards
  16. Special Achievement Genie- For outstanding achievement in make-up design Stephan Dupuis -Genie Awards
  17. Sant Jordi-Best Foreign Actor (Mejor Actor Extranjero) Viggo Mortensen-Sant Jordi Awards
  18. Sant Jordi-Best Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera) David Cronenberg-Sant Jordi Awards
  19. Satellite Award-Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama Viggo Mortensen-Satellite Awards
  20. TFCA Award-Best Performance, Male Viggo Mortensen-Toronto Film Critics Association Awards
  21. People's Choice Award-David Cronenberg-Toronto International Film Festival
  22. VFCC Award-Best Actor in a Canadian Film Viggo Mortensen-Vancouver Film Critics Circle
  23. VFCC Award-Best Director in a Canadian Film David Cronenberg-Vancouver Film Critics Circle
  24. VFCC Award-Best Film/Canadian-Vancouver Film Critics Circle

None of the characters who were members of the Vory v Zakone used a gun throughout the movie. The reason for this is that when doing research on Russian organized crime, David Cronenberg discovered that members of the Vory v Zakone typically prefer to use knives instead of guns. The rationale for this is that if Vory v Zakone members were arrested by police and questioned as to why they were in possession of such weapons, the suspects could evade suspicion by claiming that the knives were simply for linoleum cutting.


4 stars out of 5 stars

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