Original title Rol
Directed by Konstantin Lopushansky
Year of production 2013
Production country Russia, Finland, Belarus, Germany
Starring Maksim Sukhanov, Maria Järvenhelmi, Anastasia Sheveleva, Leonid Mozgovoi
Written by Konstantin Lopushansky, Pavel Finn
Director of Photography Dimitry Mass
Production Design Elena Zhukova
Editing Sergey Obukhov
Sound Design Mikhail Nasonov
Composer Andrey Sigle
Producer Andrey Sigle / Proline Film
Co-producers Misha Jaari & Mark Lwoff / Bufo, Belarusfilm, Sigma
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. Based on true incidents in the lives of Russia’s symbolists, this gripping film explores how far one man will go for the role of a lifetime.