The Appointment depicts the crisis at the leading Russian theater in a unique time between the COVID pandemic and the terrifying war. After the death of the theatre matriarch, who led the troupe for half a century, Victor Ryzhakov is named the new creative director. He is determined to bring innovation and breathe new life into the company, but the actors don’t receive him well.
The first rehearsals begin with the first outbreak of COVID. Working on a play about a dysfunctional family, the director faces conflicts with his troupe and even sabotage from some members. Ryzhakov tries his hardest to slowly build trust with actors and push the premiere forward, not knowing that the upcoming Russian invasion of Ukraine will destroy all his plans and efforts.

  • Nikita Efimov
  • Nikita Efimov
  • Marina Razbezhkina
  • Victor Ryzhakov
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  • Marina Neyelova
    Key Cast
  • Nikita Efremov
    Key Cast
  • Alena Babenko
    Key Cast
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    1 hour 22 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 5, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
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    Russian Federation
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Director Biography - Nikita Efimov

Nikita Yefimov is a documentary filmmaker from Russia. After graduating from the Faculty of Philology of Pskov University, he studied at Marina Razbezhkina's Documentary Film School. His documentary «Strict Regime» premiered at the Visions du Reel festival in Switzerland. The film took the main prize in the competition for medium-length films. Yefimov’s previous films were shown and awarded at the largest Russian festivals such as Artdocfest, Message To Man, Flahertiana.

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