When a Chechen youth is put on trial for the murder of his stepfather, it's up to a room full of jurors divided by racism and prejudice to determine the boy's ultimate fate. One by one, each man takes center stage to confront, connect and confess while the accused awaits a verdict. Slowly the tide of opinion turns, as the jurors begin to realize their decision will forever change the course of another person's life. As they deliberate, the accused revisits his heartbreaking journey through war in a series of powerful flashbacks. Director Nikita Mikhalkov's Oscar-nominated remake of 12 ANGRY MEN is a brilliant look at fear, trust and the triumph of human nature.
Won: Best Actor (Garmash), 2008 Nika Awards
Nominated: Best Foreign Language Film, 2008 Academy Awards; Golden Lion, 2007 Venice Film Festival
Full of passion and speechifying, 12 is unmistakably Russian in spirit and sensibility, but its themes are universal at their core.