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It went under our radar, but that’s why we’re now turning our attention to the Russian SF thriller We or My. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Yevgeny Ivanovich Zamyatin, the ancestor of dystopia and the predecessor of the cult Huxley’s Wonderful New World. The director of the film is Hamlet Dulyan, and the screenplay is co-written by Dulyan and Alexander Talal. The film is a production of Big Cinema House and Nemesis Films.
200 years have passed since the Great War. Almost the entire population was wiped off the face of the earth. The remnants of humanity live in a perfect One State. Despite the authoritarian system of serial numbers, uniforms, glasshouses and scheduled sex, happiness and harmony reign in society. Engineer D-503 considers such a life ideal. He glorifies him by putting all his knowledge and talent into building a superpower spaceship. A chance encounter with a woman I-330 completely reverses the image that the D-503 has of itself. He discovers in himself uncontrolled “ancient” impulses, feelings and passions. And he has yet to discover that there are those who do not like the existing world order and want to destroy the last stronghold of humanity on Earth – the One State.
The trailer looks very intriguing, it seems that the focus is not on the visuals and the action but on the action and the thinking itself, although this does not mean that the visuals and production designs are not very nicely stylistically done.
Starring Yegor Koreshkov, Elena Podkaminskaya, Philip Yankovsky, Yuri Kolokolnikov and Dmitry Chebotarev.
Zamyatin’s novel was written back in 1921. It is an expression of the author’s disappointment with socialist ideas and a kind of rebellion against military communism in the USSR. But the novel is still very relevant today and thought-provoking. The novel Mi was published by Naklada Breza in its second edition in 2018, and you can currently buy it at a special price on the Inversion webshop.
‘We’ should arrive in cinemas this fall.
In case you are looking for great Russian sci-fi movies, check out our article.
Check out the trailer for it below.