Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, April 17, 2009

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

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(Russia/2007 – directed by Nikita Mikhalkov)

Using director Sidney Lumet’s 1957 classic 12 Angry Men as its starting point, Russian master Nikita Mikhalkov (A Slave of Love, Burnt by the Sun) has ingeniously created a thrilling new re-imagining of Reginald Rose’s original teleplay and screenplay; here, a dozen jurors – each with his own emotional baggage - are locked in a room (without their cell phones) and charged by a judge with determining the fate of a young Chechen boy who is accused of brutally stabbing his adoptive father to death. Though the structure of the original work has been faithfully transferred to another (and distinctly non-American) culture, Mikhalkov has brilliantly magnified the significance of Lumet’s film, creating a modern classic which is not only about the American ideal of justice, but is truly universal in its portrait of prejudice, compassion and the human condition. This Oscar nominee and Venice Prize Winner may be the year’s most unexpected surprise. In Russian with English subtitles.  (159 min.)

“Expansively, dramatically, magnificently Russian, 12 marks a triumphant return for Nikita Mikhalkov.”  -Ronnie Scheib, Variety