9 Rota cost $9 million to make and grossed $22 million in Russia
Yesterday RIA Novosti reported that 9 Rota (9th Company) has been selected by Russia's national film committee as their entry in the category of Best Foreign Film for the 2006 U.S. Academy Awards. For 9 Rota director Fyodor Bondarchuk, this adds national prestige and international critical acclaim to the film's impressive box office and DVD success.
Russia Blog first wrote about "The Ninth Company" shortly before its release in late 2005, and now Wikipedia has added an entry on the film with background on the true story of the 345th Guards Airborne Regiment's service in Afghanistan and the Battle for Hill 3234.
You can read Russia Blog's March 2006 film review here (WARNING: Plot Spoilers). You can order a non-regionally coded DVD with English subtitles that will supposedly work in any DVD player from Amazon, though the film is not yet available for rent from Netflix.
Click on the extended post to watch the trailer and see photos from the movie production, shot on location in the Crimea, and the movie premier.
Fyodor Bondarchuk on the set of his film
Bondarchuk, actor Alexei Chadov, and President Putin at the film's November 2005 premier. Bondarchuk was the first director to be invited to screen his film at the Russian President's residence.
Dygalo (Mikhail Porechenkov), the tormented drill sergeant
The 9th Company takes a breather while training in Uzbekistan
9th Company commander Hohol (Bondarchuk) after being ambushed in an Afghan village
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Watch the movie trailer here:
Watch the Russian rock group Tokio's music video from the movie, "Who Am I Without You?" (Kto Ya Bez Tibiya) here:
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