THE ROLE11.03.2014  

Russia / Belarus / Finland / Germany

2013, 132 min.

Producer: Andrey Sigle 

Director: Konstantin Lopushansky 

Screenplay: Konstantin Lopushansky, Pavel Finn 

Cast: Maksim Sukhanov, Maria Järvenhelmi, Anastasia Sheveleva, Leonid Mozgovoy

Cinematography: Dmitry Mass 

Music: Andrey Sigle Production

Design: Elena Zhukova 

Editing: Sergey Obukhov 

Sound: Mikhail Nasonov

Production Company

Proline Film (Russia)
in co-production with: 
Lenfilm studio (Russia)
Belarusfilm studio (Belarus)
BUFO studio (Finland)
SIGMA (Germany)


World Sales:

Proline Film



THE ROLE is about a brilliant actor in revolutionary Russia who takes on the greatest role of his life - the role of another man. Influenced by the ideas of symbolism and the Silver Age, he decides to slip into the life of his doppelganger - a revolutionary leader in the new Soviet Russia. First intrigued, then obsessed, he flings himself into the role and lives it to the hilt... even when the play of the life he is writing heads towards a tragic finale.

Konstantin Lopushansky

Born in 1947 in Dnepropetrovsk, USSR. In 1970 he graduated from Kazan conservatoire as a violinist, and in 1973 he completed a postgraduate course in Leningrad conservatoire with a Ph.D. thesis in art criticism. Then Konstantin Lopushansky taught at the Kazan and Leningrad conservatories for several years, before taking the Higher Courses for Scriptwriters and Film Directors. Upon graduating the courses in 1979 he assisted Andrei Tarkovsky in directing the legendary film STALKER. Lopushansky's first full-length film, LETTERS FROM A DEAD MAN (1986), brought him world-wide fame. It was screened at more than ten international festivals, including Cannes in 1987.


2013 The Role, 2006 The Ugly Swans, 2001 The Turn of the Century, 1994 Russian Symphony, 1989 The Museum Visitor, 1986 Letters from a Dead Man, 1980 Solo (short) 

1978 Slyozy v vetrenuyu pogodu (short)