The Geographer Drank His Globe Away

The Geographer Drank His Globe Away (Russian: Географ глобус пропил, romanizedGeograf Globus Propil) is a Russian drama film made in 2013, directed by Alexander Veledinsky, based on the novel of the same name by Alexei Ivanov.[1] The action of the film, as opposed to the novel, has been transferred from the "dashing nineties" to the present day. The film participated in the XXIV Open Russian Film Festival "Kinotavr" in Sochi[2] and was awarded the main prize. It was released on 7 November 2013.

The Geographer Drank His Globe Away
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Directed byAlexander Veledinsky
Produced byVadim Goryainov, Leonid Lebedev, Valery Todorovsky
Written byAlexander Veledinsky, Rauf Kubayev, Valery Todorovsky
StarringKonstantin Khabensky
Elena Lyadova
Anna Ukolova
Evgeniya Khirivskaya
Music byAlexei Zubarev
CinematographyVladimir Bashta
Edited byAlexander Veledinsky, Tatyana Prilenskaya
Distributed byKrasnaya strela (Red Arrow)
Release date
  • 7 November 2013 (2013-11-07)
Running time
120 minutes
Budget80 million rubles
Box office200 million rubles


The main character, a biologist named Victor Sluzhkin, loses his job and, to make ends meet, is forced to take a job in a local school as a geography teacher. His family has little money and lives in a dilapidated apartment in an old Soviet era building. His best friend is having an affair with his wife. The students in his class do not respect him and the assistant principal does not like his teaching methods. He feels lonely and depressed. To deal with the stresses of life, he drinks a lot. His alcohol-fueled binges provide a temporary respite, but no lasting comfort. When he organizes a trip on the river with a group of students from his class, it turns into a journey of self-discovery both for him and for the young men and women from his class.




The film received critical acclaim in Russia and abroad.[9] Ronnie Scheib from Variety wrote that "thanks to Konstantin Khabensky’s charismatic, sardonic performance as Victor, even personal deterioration proves fascinating and consistently entertaining".[10]


Shooting of the film took place in 2011–2012, in Perm, Zakamsk, Lower Kuria district and Usva, Gremyachinsk district. The film shows the river Usva, down which the characters sail, and the Usva rock pillars. Stunts were performed on the Revun rapids of the river Iset in the Sverdlovsk region.

The music for the film was written by the guitarist of the "Aquarium" group, Alexei Zubarev. In addition, the film features a variety of songs – from classical to chanson. The film's trailer is accompanied by the song "I'm Free" by the "Kipelov" group. The same song is heard in the film, performed not by Kipelov but by one of the characters.[11]

The film was shot over two years; there were 34 days of shooting, two expeditions and a planned five-month break. For the filming of the trip down the river it was necessary to wait for high water, which happens for only two weeks every May – the rest of the year the river is shallow. Winter scenes were shot in November 2011 and then there was a break until April to shoot scenes inside the school, when Spring was "looking in" through the windows. Then the crew moved over 200 km away from Perm to shoot the trip down the river.[12]


  1. ^ "Алексей Иванов: "Рад, что в экранизации моей книги сыграл Хабенский"". Аргументы и факты. 20 May 2013. Archived from the original on 4 June 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  2. ^ ""Кинотавр" нам покажет…". 17 May 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  3. ^ ""Кинотавр-2013". Церемония закрытия". 9 June 2013. Archived from the original on 9 June 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Фильм "Географ глобус пропил" получил главный приз "Кинотавра" под крики "Браво!"". МК.ru. 10 May 2013. Archived from the original on 10 June 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  5. ^ Winners of Odessa International Film Festival 2013, [1]
  6. ^ "2013". Russian Guild of Film Critics.
  7. ^ "Лауреаты Национальной кинематографической премии "НИКА" за 2013 год". Nika Award.
  8. ^ "Лауреаты премии "Золотой Орел" за 2013 год". Golden Eagle Award.
  9. ^ "Отзывы и рецензии на фильм — Географ глобус пропил". Kritikantsvo.
  10. ^ Ronnie Scheib. "Konstantin Khabensky gives a fascinating performance as an alcoholic loser in Alexander Veledinsky's oddly endearing third feature". Variety.
  11. ^ "Песня Кипелова попала в фильм "Географ глобус пропил"". КМ.ru. 28 May 2013. Archived from the original on 5 June 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Александр Велединский: "Думаю, мне не будет стыдно за этот фильм"". 24 May 2013. Archived from the original on 5 June 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013.

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