The Russian Job

Swedish manager Bo Inge Andersson arrives to the Russian industrial town of Tolyatti by river Volga. He has been hired to make the local Lada car factory successful again. The Avtovaz factory is very important to the town. Every seventh resident has worked in the factory at some point in their life.

Petr Horký’s film The Russian Job shows us the inevitable clash between the sincere but strict Andersson and the factory still sleeping the Soviet dream. The crash leads into a series of absurd events in the style of Swedish director Roy Andersson. As problems start to pile up, the troubled factory manager stops making his inspiring morning speeches and encouraging open dialogue at the work place. The factory workers are also puzzled and angry at the new management. What kind of success leads to the loss of tens of thousands of jobs? They had no problems before Andersson took over.

Horký’s sharp eye follows the events locally, but everything is linked to events in the universal level, to the “necessary” trimming processes seen in the news every day.

Petra Vallila / Translation: Tuomo Karvonen

Language: Russian, Swedish, Czech, German, English
Subtitles: English

  • Director: Petr Horký
  • Country: Czech Republic
  • Year: 2017
  • Length: 63 min
  • Age limit: null
  • Cinematography: Milan Bureš
  • Editing: Filip Veselý
  • Audio: Jan Hála
  • Production: Martin Jůza / Krutart


  • Cinema Sõprus: Thursday, 01.02 - 19:30
  • Cinema Artis, hall 2: Sunday, 04.02 - 18:00 (Extra screening)