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Eastern Promises

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Original title
Eastern Promises
Running time
99 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Steven Knight
Howard Shore
Peter Suschitzky
Co-production United Kingdom-United States-Canada;
BBC Films, Astral Media, Corus Entertainment, Téléfilm Canada, Kudos Productions, Serendipity Point Films, Scion Films, Shine Pictures (Distributor: Focus Features)
Thriller. Drama | Mafia. Crime
Synopsis / Plot
Mysterious, charismatic Russian-born Nikolai is the chauffeur for one of the most notorious families in the Eastern European crime ring. Headed by Semyon, the charming owner of an expensive Russian restaurant whose smiling face conceals a brutal, cold-blooded other side, the family fortune is upset by Kirill, his mad son, who listens more to Nikolai than he does to his own father. But the cautious Nikolai has an instant change of face on meeting Anna, a midwife working in a London hospital. Anna is badly upset by the conditions surrounding the death of a young girl in childbirth, and decides to find her family based on the diary she left, written in Russian. Digging into the diary, Anna unwittingly unleashes the gangsters’ fury.
2007: Nominated for Oscar: Best Actor (Viggo Mortensen)
2007: 3 Nominations Golden Globe: Best Movie Drama, OST, Actor Drama (Mortensen)
2007: 2 Nominations for BAFTA: Best British Movie and Actor (Viggo Mortensen)
2007: San Sebastian Film Festival: Official selection
2007: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actor (Viggo Mortensen)
2007: Nominated for Cesar: Best Foreign Language Picture
2007: Toronto Film Festival: People's Choice Award (Best Film)
2007: Nominated for Critics' Choice Awards: Best Actor (Mortensen)
2007: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Best Actor (Mortensen). 5 Nominations
2007: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Best Actor (Viggo Mortensen)
2007: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Actor (Viggo Mortensen)
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