( aka 'The Wedding' or 'Svadba' or 'Russische Hochzeit' )


directed by Pavel Lungin
Russian 2000

"The beautiful Tanya returns to her small mining town, after supposedly working as a model in Moscow. She decides to marry her shy school sweetheart Mishka, who now works in the mine. The miners finally receive some pay, but Mishka still ends up with no money to buy his bride a gift, so he seeks the help of his perpetually drunk buddy Garkusha. Mishka's poor working-class family all help to put on a fine wedding with copious amounts of vodka, even though they are suspicious of Tanya's occupation in Moscow, and of her connection with her Mafia ex-boyfriend Borodin."

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DVD REVIEW: Imagem (Brazil) -  Region 4 - NTSC 

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Imagem - Region 4 - NTSC

Runtime 1:48:44  minutes
Video 1.66:1.00 Letterboxed WideScreen
Average Bitrate: 4.81 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s


NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Audio Russian, Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles English, Spanish, Portuguese and none

Release Information:
Distributor: Imagem Films
Theatrical Release Date: May 14th , 2000 (Cannes)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen - 1.66:1


  • Original trailer (in Russian, with Portuguese subtitles) and trailers to four other films.

DVD Release Date:  April 17th, 2002
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Chapters: 15


The Wedding (aka Dogma's Celebration  Russian Style). The photography was shot mostly by hand-held camera, and it reminded me of Dogma style (hence, the comparison). (By the way, the cinematographer (Aleksandr Burov ) worked a lot with Sakurov including his last picture, "Father and Son").

1.66:1 non-anamorphic transfer is otherwise what is expected for Dogma-style film, with nice colors and a little grain. 2.0 Russian soundtrack is very clear. Optional English subtitles translate the dialogues and some songs in verse without errors. This is Region 4, but NTSC. There's also French Region 2 disc, but there're no English subtitles listed in the specs.         
Gregory Meshman

Alternate Version

Region 2 (France ) PAL FROM HERE

Not listed as having English subtitles.

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