Opened 13 Aug 2013
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Colonel Kotov, decorated hero of the Russian Revolution, is spending an idyllic summer in the country with his beloved young wife and family. But on one glorious sunny morning in 1936, his wife’s former lover returns from a long and unexplained absence. Amidst a tangle of sexual jealousy, retribution and remorseless political backstabbing, Kotov feels the full, horrifying reach of Stalin’s rule. I’ll give you one chance. Go now and type your confession. I take you and the confession to Moscow tonight - two big feathers in my cap - and maybe, maybe.. they’ll spare Maroussia... as the wife of a traitor. We all have a choice, Comrade. Poised at the beginning of Stalin’s Great Terror, Burnt by the Sun shows a brutal future encroaching on the last days of a fading world.