From the award winning Director Diana Galimzyanova (February 28 and Imaginary Friend) comes the first-ever female directed Russian film noir — with a philosophically reverse chronology that furthers the intrigue.

When a neurotic private eye who struggles to finish the case takes a train voyage to confront the inevitability of his case’s conclusion, his own dark secrets begin to reveal themselves.

“The debut full length feature from Moscow based, award winning film short director Diana Galimzyanova, and very much a modern-day homage to 1940’s Film Noir. It also has a much-cited reverse chronological order in which the central characters backstories are revealed in backwards (all of course whilst the train and narrative moves forward towards its ultimate destination).” – The UK Film Review

“She [Galimzyanova] evokes the mood and tones of Hitchcock’s Strangers On a Train and Kawalerowicz’s Night Train – Film Threat

“There’s something truly delicious about a film which toys with your expectations; a film possessing the temerity to state its own vision, even as it identifies the areas in which it knows the audience is looking.” – Elements of Madness

Winner, Best Drama Feature, Highway 61 Film Festival, Minnesota

Winner, Award Of Excellence and Best Leading Actor, IndieFEST Film Awards

Winner, Best Cinematography, Las Cruces International Film Festival

Winner of Honorable Mention and Best Actor, Los Angeles Film Awards

Winner, Best Feature Jury Prize, Movie Nisville Summit

The award winning cast includes Rashid Aitouganov (Below the Surface), Kolya Neukoelln (Mind Sync), Alexander Rapoport (Lektor), Vladimir Morozov (Beanpole), Ekaterina Dar (One Day in Her Life),Yuliya Denisova (Braquo) as well as a wonderfully diverse supporting ensemble.

“With two cinematographers taking the helm to film two very different but intertwined tales, one reversed and one completely linear, you could easily argue there’s nothing not to like.” – Battle Royale with Cheese

“While it’s unlikely that The Lightest Darkness will show up as an entry representing Russia at the Academy Awards, rest assured this is high quality cinema and a terrific independent voice indicating a promising future for Galimzyanova.” – The Independent Critic

2018 / Black & White / Russian w/English Subtitles / A film by Diana Galimzyanova


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Lightest Darkness, The – Trailer from Darkside Releasing on Vimeo.