David Knight - 16th Jan 2019

Following the high benchmark set by Ilya Naishuller with the previous ones, the latest video for Russian band Leningrad just happens to be another breathtaking tour de force - extravagantly creative, brilliantly realised and, as tradition demands, outrageously, eye-wateringly violent.

For Gold - which is produced by Naishuller, and written and directed by another precocious talent, the Moscow-based director Lado Kvataniya – a beautiful girl is under questioning by two cops, and recounting her exploits - as a shape-shifting vampire who feasts on gold and gems, leaving mindboggling levels of bloody slaughter in her wake.

And she not only tells of the incidents at a casino stuffed with rich pickings, and driving around with a Saudi prince in his gold Rolls Royce, she brings them right into the interrogation room - and that includes an out of control Roller crashing through the wall.

This brilliant and disorientating device arguably makes this one of the best of the Leningrad vids. And certainly the astonishing VFX work in the video once again makes this looks like it was produced on a budget that wouldn't shame a Hollywood blockbuster. A really really violent one.

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Credits

Director of PhotographyAndrey Krauzov
DirectorLado Kvataniya
ProducerEkaterina Kononenko
ProducerRuben Adamyan
Production CompanyVersus Pictures
Executive ProducerEgor Solomatin
1st ADAlexei Smoliar
ProducerIlya Naishuller
Production designerDmitriy Onishenko
Costume designerAnna Kudevich
Hair & Make-upAnastasiya Ramlya
EditorVlad Yakunin
ColouristJamie O'Bradovich
VFX SupervisorAlexey Uskov
Lead actorSnezhana Samokhina
Other creditsStarring | Snezhana Samokhina, Semen Litvinov, Sergei Dolgotovich, Kadir Saidharun 2nd Unit DOP | Anatol Trofimov Casting | Margo Sayapina 1AC | Alex Budarin 2AC | Sergey Ivanov Andrey Babich Set Decorator | Denis Nikolaenko Sound design | Aleksander Kopeikin Property Master | Alexander Kucheriavyi (Rastabike) Assistant Property Master | Xenia Levina Prop Buyer | Alex Yandovskiy Gaffer | Pavel Brukh Costume Supervisor | Boris Kukolkin Costumer | Jessica Popovich Production Manager | Dmitriy Dimchevski Unit Production Manager | Mikhail Goglov VFX Supervisor | Alexey Uskov VFX Producers | Ekaterina Averina Alexander Gorokhov | cgfww.com/ On-set Supervisor | Evgeny Lesnichenko Production Assistants | Egor Larichkin, Aleksander Zhukov, Vadim Vihruk, Alex Shumlyanskiy SFX Supervisor | Evgeniy Sorokin SFX Set key | Maxim Sorokin Dolly Grip | Vasiliy Chesnokov Steadicam | Sergey Popkov Photographers | Igor Klepnev, Dima Chorniy, Nikita Kvataniya Backstage operator | Evgeniy Seliverstov Stunt coordinator | Valeriy Derkach Special Thanks | Alina Rossiyskaya Versus Pictures In association with Hype Film, Daddys film, CGF RUSSIA

David Knight - 16th Jan 2019

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