New Release: Ward No. 6 DVD

Ward No. 6 movie scene

The future looks bleak for Vladimir Ilyin and Alexey Vertkov in Ward No. 6.

Kino released the 2009 drama film Ward No. 6, by veteran Russian filmmaker Karen Shakhnazarov (Jazzman), on DVD on May 24, 2011.

Adapted from the great Anton Chekhov’s 1892 short story of the same name and updating it to the present day, the movie tells the story of Dr. Ragin (Vladimir Ilyin), who heads up a provincial insane asylum, where he regularly interacts with the abandoned, the unloved and the forgotten. Lonely and isolated in his personal life, he finds solace in the long philosophical dialogs with his brilliant patient Gromov (Alexey Vertkov), which lead him to dangerously question the nature of his own existence.

Presented in Russian with English subtitles, Ward No. 6 had a brief release in theaters in the U.S. following an international film festival rollout in 2009.

No special features are on the DVD, which carries a list price of $29.95.

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