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Vampires in Russia

Director Victor Ginzburg to follow up Generation P with sequel revolving around gods, drugs and demons, looking to India for production talents.

hollywood Updated: Oct 20, 2011 15:14 IST
Priyanka Jain

Wild mushrooms, LSD and hallucinogenic culture are some of the things Generation P revolves around. Director Victor Ginzburg doesn’t apologise for his brash portrayal of post-Communism Moscow. He says, “Based on Victor Pelevin’s cult novel, Generation P is a satire on the nature of contemporary politics and advertising, set in Russia’s revolutionary ’90s. It shows aspiring poet Babylen Tatarsky’s (Vladimir Yepifantsev) fall from grace and his ascent to worldly success. The film shows Babylen questioning the force behind Russia’s transition into a society where individual freedoms are controlled by money and the media.”

The New York-based Russian director plans to make a sequel to Generation P based on another novel by Pelevin, where Babylen will be seen only for a minute. He says, “I am in talks with some Indian companies concerning co-production and participating in the CG portion of the project, which is quite monumental in scope.”

In the vampire-themed sequel, titled V Empire, he promises to answer the big question posed by Babylen in the first film. He says, “It's a kind of a Russian Matrix as it presents a new vision of our existence. In Generation P, we learn that Babylonian goddess Ishtar is responsible for the changes in Russian society, but who she is and what her role is remains abstract. In the sequel, I aim to discover the celestial conspiracy she is part of, and how it feeds our obsessions with money, blood, language, and glamour.”

The director adds that his film will have the humourous elements laced to a love story, about typical Muscovite Roma Shtorkin, who is suddenly turned into the vampire Rama II (and thus a secret ruler of mankind). And with the help of Gera, a beautiful young vampiress, Babylen learns to balance his dubious stroke of luck against the loss of his humanity.