Russian Empire, 1919. By a twist of fate, young idealist Osip Zadunaisky meets an infamous con artist and self-proclaimed Turkish subject Ibrahim Bender. A man of pure thought and aristocratic upbringing, Osip would never have associated with a cunning and unscrupulous swindler, but Bender comes up with an offer Osip cannot refuse. A precious royal relic, a diamond-encrusted golden scepter is hidden somewhere in town; Bender needs a partner on his mission to find it, and offers Osip a share of the profit from selling the treasure. And so begins their joint venture, wrought with comical and dangerous twists and turns, where they have to outsmart and outmaneuver officers of the White Guard as well as the local mafia, who also have their eyes on the scepter. As their quest unfolds, Osip is compelled to learn Bender’s tricks of the trade: charming flattery, delicate deception, soft intimidation… as well as brute force.
Ostap Bender. The Beginning (2021)
Cast:Aleksandr Aleynov, Aleksandr Ilin, Aleksandr Kakuev, Aleksandr Lapshov, Aleksandr Petrov, Aleksandr Tsekalo, Aleksey Dmitriev, Andrey Pankov, Aram Vardevanyan, Artur Musikhin, Artyom Drachyov, Artyom Tkachenko, Denis Shlenkov, Dmitriy Penkov, Dmitriy Pereponov, Dmitry Golovanov, Eduard Orlov, Egor Kelli, Elena Lazareva, Garik Ayvazov, Garik Kharlamov, Georgiy Shtil, Igor Goldobin, Igor Klyuchnikov, Ilya Semyonov, Ivan Kaminskiy, Kristina Kulishenko, Kseniya Patsinskaya, Lyudmila Grigorash, Maksimilian Grigoriyev, Maxim Khanzhov, Mikhail Sakulin, Mikhail Shelomentsev, Natalya Bochkaryova, Nikita Kologrivyy, Oksana Bazilevich, Oleg Chugunov, Olga Sutulova, Pavel Derevyanko, Pavel Elpashev, Pavel Maykov, Rihards Lepers, Roberto Fleites, Sergei Bezrukov, Sergey Danilchuk, Taisiya Vilkova, Tatyana Andriyanova, Timofey Okulov, Valeriy Li, Vera Brezhneva, Vera Kryukova, Viktor Tsekalo, Vitaliy Shabalovskiy, Vitaly Kopnin, Vladimir Lysenko, Vladimir Matveev, Vladislav Shkerin, Yuliya Makarova, Yuliya Rutberg, Yuri Kolokolnikov, Yuriy Petrov, Yuriy Utkin