About the movie

A film by Petr Horký

An automobile factory that was once the biggest and best of its kind in the former Soviet Union has turned into a financial nightmare. A Swedish manager with a lifetime of experience is expected to return it to prosperity in a big way. They meet in the city of Tolyatti, deep in the heart of Russia. And neither is willing to give in.
The Russian Job is a story of great plans and even greater absurdity told in beautifully crafted images.

COUNTRY
CZECH REPUBLIC

PREMIERE
IDFA 2017

LENGTH
63 min

SALES
RISE AND SHINE

Story

The former Lada factory, built in the Russian city of Tolyatti in the 1960s, was meant to show the Western world the miracle of Soviet prosperity. The perfect utopia that none dared to doubt. More than five decades later, the plant has been losing billions of rubles every year as it slowly decays. And none dare to touch it.

A Swedish power-manager is hired to bring the miracle of the capitalist business model to the struggling factory. Bo Inge Andersson, a former soldier who’s already resurrected one Russian automaker, comes to Tolyatti with a small team and a big goal: to be the very first non-Russian at the helm of the company. And none dare to oppose him. Yet.

As his fight for the future of the factory starts, the world around him begins to unravel. This larger-than-life Soviet dream has left behind only empty summer resorts and provincial military parades. The people of Tolyatti care little for the grand plans of the elites and focus only on day-to-day survival. What will they do as their world is turning upside down?

Film Team

DIRECTED BY
PETR HORKÝ

CINEMATOGRAPHY
MILAN BUREŠ

EDITING
FILIP VESELÝ

COPRODUCTION
CZECH TELEVISION – KATEŘINA ONDŘEJKOVÁ
THE RUSSIAN JOB WAS SUPPORTED BY THE CZECH STATE CINEMATOGRAPHY FUND

PRODUCER
KRUTART – MARTIN JŮZA

SOUND
JAN HÁLA