We made PRISONER OF THE MOUNTAINS because it's a great story. It mixes tragedy and humour and that always makes sense to me.
We used Tolstoy's thoughts about war and peace. Life is short, the world is small. Why are people still fighting each other after thousands of years?
The plot is simple. An old Chechen man captures two Russian soldiers and takes them to his mountain village. He wants to trade them for his son being held by the Russian army. If the exchange fails he will have to kill the Russians. When my son took the part of the young soldier, this movie became very personal for me.
We don't know how to stop the war. It's easy to start it and it's difficult to end. It's easier to kill a man than to love him. But we have to try.
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Sergei Bodrov
Written by: Boris Giller, Sergei Bodrov, Arif Aliev
Produced by: Boris Giller
Cast: Oleg Menshikov (Sacha), Serguei Bodrov Jr (Vanya), Djemal Sikharulidze (Abdul-Murat), Susanna Mekhralieva (Dina), Alexei Zharkov (the captain), Valentina Fedetova (the mother)
Nominations and Awards
- European Screenwriter 1996
- Feature Film Selection 1996