Captain Volkonogov Escaped
Kapitan Volkonogov Bezhal
Courtesy of the Venice Film Festival.
VERDICT: In a vividly dystopic 1938 Leningrad under Stalin’s Great Purge, a young NKVD torturer tries to save his soul, in co-directors Natasha Merkulova and Aleksey Chupov’s high-energy parable.
Russian directing team Natasha Merkulova and Aleksey Chupov make films (Intimate Parts; The Man Who