The Bet

Based on the short story by Anton Chekhov, a lawyer must spend fifteen years in voluntary, solitary confinement for the chance to win two million rubles.

  • Ben Krueger
  • Ben Krueger
  • Angela Goodearl
  • Matthew Michaud
  • Harrison Shook
  • Griffin Allen
  • Alexey Loskutov
    Key Cast
  • Alexei Afonin
    Key Cast
  • Yuri Marmerstein
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    ПAPИ: The Bet
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Music
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 8, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    3,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, ARRI Alexa LF
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Belmont University
Director Biography - Ben Krueger

Ben Krueger is an aspiring filmmaker based in Nashville, TN. He has written and directed several short films through Belmont University.

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Director Statement

In this adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s famous short story, “The Bet” captures an individual’s struggle and transformation through solitary confinement. Though isolated in the same room for fifteen years, the protagonist educates and expresses himself through art and music, leading to his self-actualization. Having experienced the effects of the pandemic, I hope this film conveys the theme of creative freedom through confinement and an appreciation for life.