“Educazione Siberiana”, the film adaptation of the famous
novel by Nicolai Lilin, is considered by Gabriele Salvatore
his first costume drama.
As he said: “Nothing of what we see in the film existed, we had
to recreate a world. We shot in Lithuania where there aren’t
written in Cyrillic and with production designer Rita Rabassini
we had to rebuild everything from scratch, looking costumes
and objects of that period. We can tell that this is a costume
drama, which gives less satisfaction than another one set, for
example, in the 700:there certain differences are clearly evident
more then here, but there are and we had to integrated them”.
So, in a film like Educazione Siberiana, costumes are very important.
Salvatores says that John Malkovich himself considered very important
the choice of costumes: “The first time John and I got together
to talk about the film, with the costume designer Patrizia
Chericoni, we brought an hanger with some costumes. Would you
have to see John as he walked in front of them, touching the fabrics
or controlled colors. I would have been hours to shoot him. This
shows the great theatrical experience of John, in which the choice
of the costume is really a ritual” the Director says.
With interpretations of a teacher as charismatic as John Malkovich
and two new actors, Arnas Fedaravicius and Vilius Tumalavicius,
the film tells the story of two boys who transition from childhood to
adolescence, and the community in which they grew, a community of
Siberian “Honest Crime” , as they like to call themselves.
A community based on a “Siberian Education”,a criminal education,
but with precise and sometimes surprisingly acceptable, rules of honor.
In a very special microcosm, it becomes a universal story that, beyond the
social, acquires a metaphorical meaning that concerns us all.