Lost in Siberia

Lost in Siberia is a 1991 Soviet-British film by Alexander Mitta. It was shot entirely in Russia, either on location or at Mosfilm Studio. The post-production was started at Mosfilm Studio and completed in London. The film was selected as the British entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 64th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[1]

Lost in Siberia
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Directed byAlexander Mitta
Written byAlexander Mitta
James Brabazon
Valeri Frid
Yuriy Korotkov
StarringAnthony Andrews
Music byLeonid Desyatnikov
CinematographyVladimir Shevtsik
Release date
  • April 1991 (1991-04) (Soviet Union)
  • 8 May 1992 (1992-05-08) (UK)
Running time
140 minutes
CountriesUnited Kingdom
Soviet Union


The film follows Andrei Miller, an English archaeologist played by Anthony Andrews, as he gets arrested while doing a special assignment for the Shah of Iran. Mistaken for an English spy with the same name, he gets sent to a labor camp. On the way he meets a Japanese prisoner who speaks some English. He testifies to the military officer that he is totally innocent and asks him to contact the royal family. Most of the movie is a very realistic and ugly picture of the terrible plight of prisoners in Siberia during the Stalin years. Human life has absolutely no value. The only place he finally finds human kindness is when he is dying and is sent to the hospital. A romance develops between him and the camp's doctor, which attracts the anger of the camp's chief who is hoping to marry Anna, the young blond female doctor. Miller gets sent to one of the infamous Kolyma labour camps, and the camp's chief becomes even more evil and hateful towards all the prisoners left in his command. In an ambiguous ending, word comes to the camp that the Shah of Iran and his wife are asking that he be freed. He is released and goes back to his pleasant life, or that is just a delusion that he has while dying of cold and hunger.



The film was Britain's entry to the Cannes Festival's competition in 1991 and was nominated as the Best Foreign Language Film at the 49th Golden Globe Awards.

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  1. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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