Moscow Chill

Moscow Chill


Year 2007
Country USA–Russia

Producers - Andrei Konchalovsky, Oleg Moguchev, Dmitri Dobuzhinsky
Scriptwriter - Andrei Konchalovsky
Director - Chris Solimine
Photography director - Sergei Kozlov
Production designer - Eduard Galkin
Original music - Yuri Kolesnik

  110 min. Drama

Parts of this film are amusing, others strange. It tells the funny, yet cruel story of an American computer hacker called Ray, who is brought over to Russia by an imprisoned oligarch, who wants him to hack into a computer. Ray must track down illegal money hidden in the International System of Bank Transactions and steal it. One night however, after surviving various dangerous adventures, he meets a beautiful independent girl called Maiya, who clearly has a rather complicated character. He, of course, falls in love with her. But Maiya disappears as quickly as she came into his life. In order to find her, Ray has to go to the unfamiliar and mysterious city of Moscow, which holds so many secrets. Only with the help of his bandit friend is he able to find the girl and prove that he is worthy of her. Ray successfully hacks into the computer but after doing so, his situation only starts to get worse...

Andrei Konchalovsky works with very interesting people, directors, scriptwriters, managers... Chris Solimine is not an exception. He has made a kind, naive and touching film. A film, which one is not embarrassed to show a girl; a film one can enjoy with friends, sitting at home in front of a television. The story is original, far from banal and the western drive is brightened up with Russian colours... Petr Valerievich

One could describe Chris Solomine's "Moscow Chill" as a truly strange film. On the one hand, it shows a real primitive Russia with its cute grannies, bears roaming the streets of Moscow and an endless flow of vodka; all that's missing are samovars and folk dancing. On the other hand, 99% of the Russian protagonists speak fluent English... Rodion Chemonin, Diana Rybakova

Chris Solomine's "Moscow Chill" is undoubtedly the detective novel of the week. Although there isn't much of the vodka, the balalaikas and the rest of that "pseudo-Russian" stuff, there had to be a bear. What's more, the bear appears now and then on the screen and doesn't seem to have anything to do with the actual plot. Anna Andrushevich