A mystical drama based on a story by V. Korotkevich.
The film is set in out-of-the-way Belarusian woodlands at the end of the 19th century. A young ethnographer, Andrej Bielarecki, comes here to research local folk legends...
A film that justly claims to be the first Soviet mystical thriller. A gripping, suspenseful plot. Terrifying medieval legends turning to real horror.
“‘Stakh”’s been assigned a most honorable place in history, next to ‘Cat’s Eye’, ‘Night of the Living Dead’, and a masterpiece of the national sub-horror, the animation ‘Hazelnut Twig’.” (Denis Gorelov, “Izvestiya”)
1st International Festival of Crime and Mystery Films in Cattolica (Italy) – First Prize, 1980
International Festival of Fantasy Films in Paris (France) – Special Prize, 1980
International Film Festival in Montreal (Canada) – Special Jury Award, 1980
International Film Festival in Paris – Award and Honorary Diploma to Best Actress in a Supporting Role (actress V. Shendrikova), 1981
International Film Festival in Los Angeles (USA) – Honorary Diploma to the film, 1982
International Festival of Fantasy Films in Brussels (Belgium) “Passage-44” – First Prize, 1983
Circulation – 11.3 million viewers
interview with director V. Rubinchik;