Gorod Zero

[Zero City] URSS, 1988, col., 35 mm, 103′
di Karen Shakhnazarov
Sceneggiatura Aleksandr Borodyansky, Karen Shakhnazarov – Fotografia Nikolai Nemolyayev – Montaggio Lidiya Milioti – Musiche Eduard Artemyev – Interpreti Leonid Filatov, Oleg Basilashvili, Vladimir Menshov, Armen Dzhigarkhanyan, Evgeni Evstigneev

One of the key films of the Perestroika era, Zero City tells the story of a Moskow engineer named Varakin who arrives in a small town with instructions to change the size of a locally manufactured air conditioner part. He arrives at the company office and is welcomed by a naked secretary. Next, he finds himself sitting down to lunch. The dessert arrives, a cake that strongly resembles his own head, baked by a chef who soon shoots himself in the head.