added: Thu, May 30th '13
John Malkovich dusts off his old Russian accent from "Rounders" to star in the Eastern European gangster drama "Siberian Education." Directed by acclaimed Italian helmer Gabriele Salvatores (I'm Not Scared, Mediterraneo), the film sees Malkovich as a switchblade-loving leader of a Russian mafia, who mentors two Siberian boys (Vilius Tumalavicius and Arnas Fedaravicius) as they grow up to be loyal soldiers in his criminal family. Spanning through the 80s and 90s, and set in the gritty ghetto of Soviet Russia, the English-language feature, which also stars Eleanor Tomlinson and Peter Stormare, was based on an embellished memoir by Russian-Italian writer Nicolai Lilin.
"Siberian Education" was recently acquired by U.S. distributor Wrekin Hill Entertainment. The indie studio is planning to release the movie on DVD and VOD next year. In the meantime, you can check out the film's international trailer, which is posted above.
SIBERIAN EDUCATION, set in the ghetto of Soviet Russia, follows the path of two boys who are members of a gang of exiled Siberians. The best friends grow up together, mastering a unique education focused on illegal arts such as theft, banditry and weaponry. Their clan has its very own stringent code of honor, which, while criminal, sometimes actually coincides with what is generally considered ethical and moral. It is a code that must never be broken, no matter what. As the boys turn to men, everything they have come to know and learn is tested.
directed by Gabriele Salvatores
starring John Malkovich, Vilius Tumalavicius, Arnas Fedaravicius, Eleanor Tomlinson, Peter Stormare
release date May 13, 2014 (DVD/VOD)