Buddhas little Finger

It is the 1991 coup in the Soviet Union. Pyotr Voyd, a young gangster awakes in the notorious prison of Lubyanka, captured by the KGB. During the interrogation process he loses his memory and believes that he is a Russian Revolutionary poet in 1919 where he joins the real-life Red Army hero Vasily Chapayev and his sidekick machine gunner Anna.

Buddhas little Finger

In Moscow 1991, communist hardliners try to oust Gorbachov from power. For PYOTR VOYD a struggling poet, this means nothing, life is the same as always: hard and unforgiving. He has no money, no prospects and no hope, therefore he believes in nothing, not politics, not poetry, definitely not revolution, evolution or democracy. Only one thing is certain: when he is with ANNA, he is happy.

Pyotr’s life is thrown into a whirlwind of odd and unconnected situations or so it appears at first. He is first recruited by a gangster crew, led by VOLODIN, looking for the elusive “Mongolian” and his secret weapon, and then experiences strange blackouts, waking up tied to a hospital bed being interrogated and drugged by government psychiatrists and finally transported to 1919 post-revolution Russia where he befriends the legendary commander CHAPAYEV and his crack machine gunner, ANNA. Soon Pyotr is on the run simultaneously in the Moscow of gangster capitalism of 1991 and in Ural Mountains of the precarious post-revolutionary 1919. Two revolutions can’t exist in one man’s head at the same time for very long!

Toby Kebbell
Karine Vanasse
Stipe Erceg
André M. Hennicke
Christoph Bach


Tony Pemberton, William Jennings


Tony Pemberton

Director of Photography

Stephanie Biron Weber


Karsten Stöter, Benny Drechsel (Rohfilm), Martin Paul-Hus (Amerique Film)


Frank Evers, Helge Neubronner, Andreas Eicher (cine plus Filmproduktion)


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Supported by

Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund, MEDIA, SODEC, Telefilm Canada, Eone Canada