THE DRY VALLEY
2011, Russia, 90 min.
about the film
  • Director
    Alexandra Strelianaya
  • Production
    Rock Films
    Gorky Film Studio with support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
  • Producer
    Alexei Uchitel
  • Cast
    Yana Yesipovich
    Roza Khairullina
    Elena Kalinina
    Oleg Garkusha
    Daniel Shigapov
    Vadim Skvirsky
    Natalia Burmistrova
Drama based on Bunin’s story of the same title. This story, which intertwines the destiny of a noble family and their servants, is to the present day considered one of the most significant and clear portraits of Russian life at the end of the 19th century. The film’s protagonist is the young and naive peasant girl Natalia, who serves an impoverished noble family on their country estate. Natalia knows no other life: her mind is full of superstitions and fears, but her soul is that of a real heroine. Through the peripetias of her life – love, loyalty, mystical experiences, exile, treachery, faith – we also see the fateful turns in the destiny of the Khrushchev family, for whom Natalia works. In terms of passions, secrets and unexpected turns, “Dry Valley” is a contemporary story, full of suspense and action, but at the same time with an incredible depth and an artistic perfection that is characteristic for the most brilliant works of Ivan Bunin.