Eastern Promises

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100 minutes – Thriller
Language: English, Russian, Ukrainian
Festival release date: September 7, 2007 – Toronto International Film Festival
Release date: September 14, 2007
Production companies: BBC Films, Kudos Pictures, Serendipity Point Films, Scion Films
Canadian distributor: Alliance Atlantis

Eastern Promises is, in its broadest terms, an examination of the so-called Russian “Mafia” in England. But the specific story centres on two very different people. The first is the mysterious and often ruthless Nikolai Luzhin (Viggo Mortensen), who is tied to one of London’s most notorious organized crime families. His carefully maintained existence is suddenly threatened by a London hospital midwife, Anna Khitrova (Naomi Watts) who lives far outside the shady underworld inhabited by the Russian mob. When she investigates the identity of a Russian teenager who has died in childbirth, she uncovers a prostitution racket and potential evidence linked to the crime family, thus setting in motion a classic tale of Good vs Evil. To defend his family, Nikolai must put into motion a harrowing chain of murder, deceit, and retribution. Shot in London, Eastern Promises had its North American debut at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival and went on to win the $15,000 Cadillac People’s Choice Award on the final day of the festival. The nature of the story, and the setting, meant there were few Canadian actors involved in this film.

Also see: Northernstars reviews Eastern Promises
Also see: Northernstars.ca chose Eastern Promises as one of its Top 10 Canadian Films of the Decade in December 2009.



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Crew:
Producer:Robert Lantos
Paul Webster
Executive Producer:

Jeff Abberley
Julia Blackman
Stephen Garrett
David M. Thompson

Co-Producer:

Tracey Seaward

Director:

David Cronenberg

Screenwriter:

Steven Knight

Cinematographer:

Peter Suschitzky

Editor:

Ronald Sanders

Composer:

Howard Shore

Production Designer:

Carol Spier

Art Director:

Rebecca Holmes
Nick Palmer (Supervising Art Director)
Judy Farr (Set Decoration)

Costume Designer:

Denise Cronenberg

Cast:Roles:

Viggo Mortensen
Naomi Watts
Vincent Cassel
Armin Mueller-Stahl
Sinéad Cusack
Donald Sumpter
Josef Altin
Andrzej Borkowski
Morne Botes
Cristina Catalina
Gergo Danka
Olegar Fedoro
Faton Gerbeshi
Tamer Hassan
Alice Henley
Boris Isarov
Raza Jaffrey
Radoslaw Kaim
Yuri Klimov
Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse
Tatiana Maslany
Aleksandar Mikic
Mina E. Mina
David Papava
Michael Sarne
Jerzy Skolimowski
Mia Soteriou
Tereza Srbova
Badi Uzzaman

Nickolai Luzhin
Anna Khitrova
Kirill
Semyon
Helen
Yuri
Ekrem (as Yousef Altin)
Russian Gypsy
Bike Rider
Ukrainian girl
Russian junior waiter
Tattoo
Albanian
Chechen
Ukrainian girl
Russian Boss
Doctor Aziz
Russian head waiter (rumored)
Russian Boss
Tatiana
Tatiana (voice)
Soyka
Mr. Ozim
Chechen
Valery Nabokov ()
Stepan
Mrs. Ozim
Kirilenko
Chemist