Alexander Sokurov (from the author's annotation)
The sandy southern panoramas of Days of Eclipse were infernal and deserted. The lifeless northern landscapes and dead interiors of The Second Circle are even more deserted and infernal. It is a different climatic zone of the country, once united by a common trouble. And the hero is the same young stranger, the same newcomer with the same name — Malyanov. However, in the interpretation of the other performer — a student from Leningrad Pyotr Alexandrov — he is no longer a robust youth but a person bearing in himself a pale light of life and duty — the duty to bury his dead father and to deal with his poor heritage. Debris of depreciated souvenirs in the hands of a destitute heir — this is Sokurov's bitter and sharp metaphor of Motherland. And there is one more metaphor here — an overcrowded bus where a silent, faceless act of violence is committed.
Prizes and awards:
1990. FIPRESSI award, award “For the Development of Avant–garde Trend in Cinema Art” (award of cinema press of the Netherlands at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam.
1990. Grigory Kozintsev Award (Lenfilm Studio) for Best Directing.
Center for Creative Initiatives LO SFK
Cinema Club Mirror (Syktyvkar)
Film studio Troitsky Most (Lenfilm)
Screenplay: Yury Arabov
Camera: Alexander Burov
Sound: Vladimir Persov
Production Design: Vladimir Soloviev
Editor: Raisa Lisova
Starring: Peotr Alexandrov
also Featuring: Nadezhda Rodnova