The Dry Valley

  • Screenplay: Alexandra Strelyanaya
  • Directed by: Alexandra Strelyanaya
  • Cast: Yana Yesipovich, Roza Hayrullina, Elena Kalinina, Oleg Garkusha, Daniil Shigapov, Vadim Skvirskiy, Natalia Burmistrova
  • Country: Russia
  • Year: 2011
  • Genre: drama
  • Runtime: 90
  • Language: Russian


The film is based on the famous novel written by Nobel Prize laureate Ivan Bunin. This story unites the destinies of the landowners and their servants, and is considered as one of the most complete portraits of the Russian life in the late XIX century. It takes place in Dry Valley, a village owned by the noble family of Khrushevs. The story tells about Natalia, a young and naive girl who serves in their country house. We see and experience her love, dedication to her masters, mysticism, exile, betrayal and faith, while the Dry Valley is falling to pieces, slowly but inevitably, as well as the lives of its inhabitants. Here, nobody knows anything beyond the village life, and all that is given to these people are fear and superstition. Their only consolation and hope is faith. But does God remember about this deserted place? Who are these pious people, passing constantly through the village, are they true believers or are they rogues?


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