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Archpriest

Production : LLC “TRIIKS MEDIA” BY ORDER OF OJSC “NTV BROADCASTING COMPANY” ( RUSSIA )
Year : 2010
Duration : 91 min
Number of episodes : 1
Written by : ANDREY TUMARKIN
Directed by : ARMENAK NAZIKYAN
Produced by : INESSA YURCHENKO ; SERGEY SHCHEGLOV
Cast : EGOR PAZENKO ; VADIM ROMANOV ; ANNA TABANINA ; ALEXANDER ARAVUSHKIN ; DMITRY LEBEDEV ; FEDOR MIRONOV ; VITALY GOREV ; VADIM PARFENOV ; NIKOLAY IVANOV
A killer murders Father Mikhail, the archpriest of a church in a small provincial town. The criminals make the murder look like a car accident. They damage the brake and Father Mikhail’s car drives into the ditch at full throttle and the criminals set the car on fire… Father Andrey (E.Pazenko), the new archpriest, comes to the town. He wants to establish order in the town and minimize crime. The only weapon he has is the Word of God. A very rich businessman Agafonov (V.Romanov), who made his fortune on drug traffic, rules the life in the town. Agafonov and his hit men keep all town in awe. The drug dealer Agafonov wants to use the church warehouse to store heroin there. Agafonov offers big money to Father Andrey but the priest refuses. So Agafonov begins blackmailing Andrey: if he doesn’t rent the warehouse Agafonov will revenge on the parish. To prove his words Agafonov takes hostage Ekaterina and her son Grishka, who is rehabilitated by Andrey. Grishka was a hooligan and a scamp who robbed cars, but Father Andrey managed to reeducate the boy. Agafonov had been courting Katya for a long time but she rejected him. And now Agafonov threatens to kill Katya and her son if Andrey doesn’t agree to let him store drugs in the church warehouse. It turns out that it was Agafonov and his people who killed Father Mikhail because he learned what the criminals were going to keep in the church warehouse. The police didn’t manage to prove anything… Agafonov’s people learn about criminal past of Father Andrey. Once he was a famous crime boss in St.Petersburg leading a serious criminal group. But then a drug dealer made his wife addicted to heroin, the woman overdosed and died. At that time Andrey met Father Mikhail who converted him to Christianity, baptized and showed him the way to God. Andrey understands that now he has no choice. He must save Katya and Grishka even at the price of his own life. Andrey sets the warehouse with drugs afire and goes to release the hostages. He alone fights against Agafonov’s people. The policeman Murov comes to help him. Wounded Andrey is taken to hospital and no one knows if he stays alive or not. In the final scene of the film we can see Father Andrey conducting service in the church and among the parish there are lots of dwellers of the town whom he helped and still helps.