East 30

Mikhalkovis Reheated by the Sun


Sixteen years after his epic “Burned by the Sun” broke all Russian box officer records and earned an Oscar, renowned director Nikita Mikhalkov is back with a sequel. Once again, his narrative exalts the World War II Russian spirit and plays to Moscow’s prevailing pro-nationalist mood. Though Mikhalkov has plenty of friends in power, including Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, he also a bevy of vocal critics who accuse him of exercising his own form of totalitarianism.