New movie: "Tsar"
- For the Russophiles amongst us. Here's what's making the rounds at Cannes:
16th century. In a plotting Russia in the grip of chaos, Ivan the Terrible strongly believes he is invested by a holy mission. He establishes an absolute power, smashing with an astounding cruelty whoever gets in his way. During this reign of terror, the Head of Church, Filipp, great scholar and Ivan's close friend, dares to stand up and raise himself against the Sovereign's mystical tyranny."
"Both spectacular and pious, 'Tsar' positions itself between Sergei Eisenstein's 'Ivan the Terrible' and Andrei Tarkovsky's 'Andrei Rublev,' though without their originality and inspiration," writes Deborah Young in the Hollywood Reporter. "Still, this new Russian film is a rich-looking historical epic set in 16th century Moscow, then little more than a fortified village, where the forces of good and evil square off in an epic struggle between the spiritual monk Filipp and his childhood friend Ivan."