World War I lasts for almost three years. Vladimir Lenin spends a long time as an immigrant. Having dedicated his life to preparing for revolution, he “dropped the ball” on its beginning and is now searching for any means to get back to Russia. His options are few, and finally only the most improbable remains: crossing the territory of Germany, which is at war with Russia, by train… This is where Parvus, a famous political risk taker, comes into the picture. Parvus and Lenin have a secret meeting. Parvus tells him that he has convinced the Germans to sponsor a revolution and that he can organize that very “train of fate” that will carry Lenin and his associates to Russia.
About the director: Vladimir Khotinenko was born in Altai Krai in 1952. He graduated from the Sverdlovsk Architecture Institute in 1976 and the Advanced Course for Screenwriters and Film Directors in 1981 (workshop of Nikita Mikhalkov). Director, screenwriter, productor, People’s Artist of the Russian Federation; member of the European Film Academy, the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, and the Patriarchal Council for Culture. In 1995, he began leading a workshop and heading the Department of Live Action Film Direction at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography. Since 2015, he has been at the Nikita Mikhalkov Academy of Cinematographic and Theater Arts.
Among his works are film that have been awarded prizes at prestigious film festivals: Mirror for a Hero (1987), Patriotic Comedy (1992), Makarov (1993), A Muslim (1995), 72 Meters (2003), Pop (2009), and others. Vladimir Khotinenko’s films have received the highest honors from the Russian Film Academy, the Nika and the Golden Eagle.