EVILENKO

by David Grieco
EVILENKO - EVILENKO

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Nation: Italy

Year: 2004

Length: 111'

35° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

Andrej Romanovic Evilenko is a pedophile serial killer who has been terrorizing Ukraine for years. After growing up in an orphanage, he taught Russian history and literature in schools before becoming a bureaucrat at the service of the regime. Even though the police suspect him, the monster of Rostov (as the local press calls him) has always managed to get away with it. Until the young detective Lesiev begins to investigate, with the help of the psychiatrist Aron Richter, and tries to shed light on the case and unmask the maniac. 

Director

David Grieco

David Grieco

David Grieco (Rome, Italy, 1951), at a young age, performed in Romeo and Juliet (1968) by Franco Zeffirelli; Teorema (Theorem, 1968) by Pier Paolo Pasolini, who became his friend; and Partner (1968) by Bernardo Bertolucci. A foreign correspondent, and film and music critic for “L’Unità,” he is also a screenwriter, writing scripts for movies such as Caruso Paskoski di padre polacco (1988) by Francesco Nuti, and Mortacci (1989) and I magi randagi (1996) by Sergio Citti. In 2004, he debuted in feature films with Evilenko (based on his own novel, Il comunista che mangiava i bambini), which was followed in 2016 by La macchinazione. He has also written and hosted topical programs about film (“Hollywood Party,” “Radio City Café,” “Il giornale del cinema”) and written documentaries about filmmakers such as Clint Eastwood, John Woo and Mario Monicelli.

Filmography:
Borgata America (tv, doc., 2002), Evilenko (2004), La favola inventata (tv, doc., 2005), La macchinazione (2016).

Cast and Credits

regia, sceneggiatura/director, screenplay
David Grieco
soggetto/story
dal romanzo/from the novel Il comunista che mangiava i bambini di/by David Grieco
fotografia/cinematography
Fabio Zamarion
montaggio/film editing
Francesco Bilotti, Massimo Fiocchi
scenografia/production design
Nello Giorgetti
costumi/costume design
Agata Cannizzaro
musica/music
Angelo Badalamenti
interpreti/cast
Malcolm McDowell, Marton Csoakas, Ronald Pickup, Frances Barber, Alexei Chadyuk, Ostap Stupka
produttore/producer
Mario Cotone
produzione/production
Pacific Pictures

Director statement

“I went to Russia in 1992: I saw this man for thirty seconds on television, his gaze stared at me for a moment, and I was distraught to hear he was a card-carrying communist, an intellectual and a teacher… In part because I have two small children. I went there with the idea of making a movie about him, but then my investigation of the story took me elsewhere; I saw in it the metaphor of the collapse of something lots of people believed in, something the entire population of that country, about 250 million people, had been born and grown up with.”

Synopsis Learn more

Andrej Romanovic Evilenko is a pedophile serial killer who has been terrorizing Ukraine for years. After growing up in an orphanage, he taught Russian history and literature in schools before becoming a bureaucrat at the service of the regime. Even though the police suspect him, the monster of Rostov (as the local press calls him) has always managed to get away with it. Until the young detective Lesiev begins to investigate, with the help of the psychiatrist Aron Richter, and tries to shed light on the case and unmask the maniac. 

Director All about direction

David Grieco

David Grieco

David Grieco (Rome, Italy, 1951), at a young age, performed in Romeo and Juliet (1968) by Franco Zeffirelli; Teorema (Theorem, 1968) by Pier Paolo Pasolini, who became his friend; and Partner (1968) by Bernardo Bertolucci. A foreign correspondent, and film and music critic for “L’Unità,” he is also a screenwriter, writing scripts for movies such as Caruso Paskoski di padre polacco (1988) by Francesco Nuti, and Mortacci (1989) and I magi randagi (1996) by Sergio Citti. In 2004, he debuted in feature films with Evilenko (based on his own novel, Il comunista che mangiava i bambini), which was followed in 2016 by La macchinazione. He has also written and hosted topical programs about film (“Hollywood Party,” “Radio City Café,” “Il giornale del cinema”) and written documentaries about filmmakers such as Clint Eastwood, John Woo and Mario Monicelli.

Filmography:
Borgata America (tv, doc., 2002), Evilenko (2004), La favola inventata (tv, doc., 2005), La macchinazione (2016).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia, sceneggiatura/director, screenplay
David Grieco
soggetto/story
dal romanzo/from the novel Il comunista che mangiava i bambini di/by David Grieco
fotografia/cinematography
Fabio Zamarion
montaggio/film editing
Francesco Bilotti, Massimo Fiocchi
scenografia/production design
Nello Giorgetti
costumi/costume design
Agata Cannizzaro
musica/music
Angelo Badalamenti
interpreti/cast
Malcolm McDowell, Marton Csoakas, Ronald Pickup, Frances Barber, Alexei Chadyuk, Ostap Stupka
produttore/producer
Mario Cotone
produzione/production
Pacific Pictures

Director statement Read more

“I went to Russia in 1992: I saw this man for thirty seconds on television, his gaze stared at me for a moment, and I was distraught to hear he was a card-carrying communist, an intellectual and a teacher… In part because I have two small children. I went there with the idea of making a movie about him, but then my investigation of the story took me elsewhere; I saw in it the metaphor of the collapse of something lots of people believed in, something the entire population of that country, about 250 million people, had been born and grown up with.”