This searing debut feature from Angelina Nikonova is an unsettling and deeply disturbing look at contemporary Russia. Marina (Olga Dihovichnaya) is a privileged social worker who is dissatisfied with both her work and home life. When she is robbed while trying to hail a taxi, she is picked up and then gang raped by three policemen. What follows next, as Marina decides to forgo the fa├žades of her life, is either forgiveness or revenge depending on one's point of view, with the screenplay audaciously exploring themes of power, control and violence. The film shows a society twisted by corrupt bureaucracy and infected with brutality. Dihovichnaya, who co-wrote the screenplay with Nikonoya, is exceptional as the stoic Marina, a character whose behaviour is consistently challenging. Deliberately confronting and morally ambiguous, Twilight Portrait is certain to provoke debate among audiences.

Film Info

3 min 10 sec Duration
  • Posted: July 30, 2012
  • Director: Angelina Nikonova
  • Writer: Olga Dihovichnaya
  • Studio: Independent
  • Release: September 9, 2011
  • Cast: Olga Dihovichnaya, Sergei Borisov, Vsevolod Voronov

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