Director/co-writer Victor Ginzburg brings author Victor Pelevin's popular cult novel to the screen in this confrontational, occasionally hallucinogenic satire. In a world populated by gangsters, freshly minted millionaires, advertising gurus and virtual politicians, Babylen Tatarsky (Vladimir Yepifantsev) is working in a drab sidewalk convenience shop when a chance run-in with an old friend reveals an exciting career opportunity. With Communism now a thing of the past, Western products will soon be flooding into stores, and in order to sell them Russian advertisers must dream up campaigns with local flavor. Babylen's instincts of what sells prove directly on target, and he quickly begins to climb the ladder of success. But when Babylen gets a creative block, he turns to LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, cocaine, vodka and spiritual communication for creative inspiration. Summoning the spirit of Che Guevara with a Ouija board, Babylen gets an unexpected education that completely alters his perspective of the media, and he finds himself integrated with a secretive Babylonian cult that offers him a transcendent opportunity. (Fully subtitled) Official Web Site

Director:

Victor Ginzburg

Cast:

Vladimir Yepifantsev, Mikhail Yefremov, Renata Litvinova, Andrei Panin, Andrei Fomin, Leonid Parfenov, Ivan Okhlobystin, Vasilyev, Roman Trakhtenberg, Oleg Taktarov, Alexander Gordon, Vladimir Menshov, Sergei Shnurov

MPAA Rating:

NR

Run Time:

1hr 52mins

Release Year:

2011

Country Of Origin:

Russia/USA