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Run Time: 104 minutes
Out of the primordial mists lumbers a beast that lives in legend among soldiers on both sides of the Russian front. WHITE TIGER is the ultimate Nazi killing machine—a giant tank that materializes out of nowhere and obliterates Soviet troops, leaving in its wake the charred corpses of men and machines. A tank operator is pried out of the wreckage of one such battle, 90% of his body burned. Left by medics to die, he heals miraculously. With no memory of his previous life, he knows only that WHITE TIGER must be killed. Like Captain Ahab after Moby Dick or Quint after the White Shark, the tank man single-mindedly pursues his prey. Preternaturally calm in the face of horrifying battles, he's a tank whisperer who hears the armor-clad giants speak. His comrades believe he burned to death and was reborn as a soldier ideally suited for war. Russia's entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards® combines magic realism with authentic battle scenes. (In Russian and German with subtitles) – B.B.
Alexey Vertkov, Vitaliy Kishchenko, Valery Grishko, Vladimir Ilyin, Karl Kranzkowski
Karen Shakhnazarov is a Russian-Armenian filmmaker, producer, and screenwriter who has been Director General of the Mosfilm studios since 1998.
"We Are From Jazz" (1984), "Winter Evening in Gagry" (1985), "The Messenger Boy" (1987), "Zero City" (1990), "The Assassin of the Tsar" (1991), "Dreams" (1993), "American Daughter" (1995), "Day of the Full Moon" (1998), "Poisons, or the World History of Poisoning" (2001), "The Rider Named Death" (2004), "The Vanished Empire" (2008), "Ward Number 6" (2009) – 34th CIFF, WHITE TIGER (2012)
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