Palm sunday

Taking us back to the 1970s and then 1990s the story follows the relationships between totalitarian authorities and a common person and tells us about truth and a triumph of justice.

During Brezhnev's stagnation, ballet was the leading form of art, when following the protocol order VIPs, such as kings, presidents and prime ministers, were invited to ballet performances and young, pretty and moderately intelligent ballerinas were the human hood ornaments of diplomatic banquets.

The only thing the authorities do not wish to know is how much blood, sweat and tears it takes them to achieve such grace and airiness and pretend not to know about a cruel and ruthless backstage struggle for a place in the sun.

Moscow, 1973. Artur (Dmitri Dyuzhev), a Politburo member’s grandson, falls head over heels in love with a promising young ballerina, Oksana Lepina (Svetlana Ivanova). With the help of Artur, who pulls some strings, Oksana makes her debut in some leading parts and takes part in international tours. Oksana knows about this support but tries to keep her distance.

Artur is obsessed with Oksana. He takes her to his country house, where he rapes her. Oksana files a claim but she is being threatened and advised to withdraw it. A scandal unfolds when the case goes public in the Western media. The state security agency gets involved as well. “Collaboration with hostile media representatives” results in Oksana’s arrest. It turns out that she is pregnant.

In the meantime a great ballerina Pavla Golovina (Tatyana Piletskaya) is fighting for her student. Artur is trying to persuade his granddad to better Oksana’s lot but he is unmoved.

After having premature labor Oksana dies. Before dying she asks to name her daughter Pavla in honor of her patroness, Pavla Golovina, and asks her cellmate to take care of the girl.

Moscow, the reckless 1990s. Artur is a rich person striving to engage in politics and become a governor.

Oksana’s daughter, a twenty-five-year-old Pavla (Ekaterina Vilkova), is a TV reporter. She wants to shoot a film about her mother to redeem her reputation. What she does not know is that there are many people who would go to any lengths not to let the truth about Oksana’s mother be revealed. Artur does not know that Pavla is his daughter and together with Oksana’s ex-friend Margarita Polozkova (Ekaterina Guseva) hires a hitman. The hitman tracks Pavla down but at the last moment refuses to execute the order; he has some old scores to settle with Artur.

Cast: Dmitri Dyuzhev, Oleg Basilashvili, Ekaterina Guseva, Svetlana Antonova, Ekaterina Vilkova, Nikolai Dobrynin, Irina Rozanova, Svetlana Ivanova, Aleksei Barabash, Yuri Baturin and others.

Genre: Historical drama

Episodes: 8

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