Film highlights microcosm of contemporary Russia

Morning Talk 28/05/2018

The people of Russia want a revolution – as long as nothing changes.

A new documentary, called The Russian Job, takes a look at how Swedish power-manager Bo Inge Andersson is brought in to save a dying factory in Russia.

Director Petr Horký joined Mark Sainsbury from Prague to talk about his satirical look at contemporary Russia which is playing at the Doc Edge Festival in Auckland.

The Lada factory in the Russian city of Tolyatti is one of the largest in the world at over a kilometre long.

The massive plant has been losing billions of rubles every year for over four decades, despite its intention to demonstrate to the West the miracle of Soviet prosperity.

“It was built to produce cars during the Soviet regime when profitability was not the main thing,” he said.

But now in capitalistic times you need to be able to create something and make money, which is why Mr Andersson was brought in by the Russian government.

Mr Horký says that the fact that Mr Andersson was not Russian caused suspicion within the workers that the factory.

“They feel a sense of strong national pride that they are Russian and they don’t like to be given orders by foreigners.”

The Russian Job screens in Auckland as part of The Doc Edge International Film Festival at the Q Theatre.
Monday 28 May 2018 | 6:30 PM
Friday 1 June 2018 | 3:00 PM 

Listen to the full interview with Petr Horký above.

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