The Role

Original title Rol

Directed by Konstantin Lopushansky

Length 121min

Genre Drama

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.