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Mikhalkovis Reheated by the Sun

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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.


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