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The Stringer

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Vadik is an ambitious Moscow teenager struggling to survive the newly fragmented Russia when he falls in love with Helen, a Western news journalist, and vows to go to any lengths to get her. Armed with his video camera, Vadik records, and sometimes even creates anything he thinks could be classified as 'news', including footage of a fake attempted assassination of washed-up politician, Yavorsky. By filming his increasingly desperate publicity stunts, Vadik is adopted by Yavorsky as the only means to revive his flagging career. Vadik is more than willing to help Yavorsky - every futile effort they make to get Yavorsky on TV brings Vadik back in contact with Helen. But does the apprentice stringer understand that his new friends may only want him for what he can do for them?


Type of film
Running Time
92 mins
35mm Kodak
Paul Pawlikowski
Charles Pattinson, George Faber, David M. Thompson
Director of Photography
Witold Stok BSC
Principal Cast
Anna Friel, Sergei Bodrov Jnr. Vladimir Ilyin, Robert Knepper
Executive Screen Writers
Paul Pawlikowski, Gennadi Ostrovsky


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Last updated 26th November 2005

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