John Malkovich is one hell of an awesome actor, and he is set to star in a new indie film project called Siberian Education. The movie will be directed by Italian filmmaker Gabriele Salvatores (I'm Not Scared), from a script written by Stefano Rulli, Sandro Petraglia and Salvatores.
The film is an adaptation from Nicolai Lilin's autobiographical book of the same title and follows his story "about growing up as a member of the Mafia-like Urka community in the small republic of Transnistria, between Moldova and Ukraine."Malkovich will take on the role of Grandfather Kuzja, "who teaches his grandson Kolyma (played by Lithuanian actor Arnas Fedaravicius) the morals of honest criminals."
Siberian Education is set in Southern Russia between 1985 and 1995, and the film will start shooting at the end of August, nearly entirely in Lithuania, with some shooting set for Italy, during summer and winter.
This will be yet another great role for Malkovich to take on.
Here's a description of the book:
Set in a small and tight-knit community of 'honest criminals' in a remote part of the former Soviet Union, this is a tale of an extreme childhood - exotic, violent and completely unique. Nicolai Lilin gained his 'education' as a member of the Siberian Urkas - a self-contained criminal fraternity - in a forgotten corner of Eastern Europe. It was a remarkable upbringing, defined by an elaborate set of riuals and strict codes of honour. The community had a deep distrust of outsiders - especially the police and state authorities - and split itself into 'honest' and 'dishonest' criminals. Even their youngest children were taught to understand violence and when it was appropriate to use it. By the age of six, Nicolai Lilin is given his first 'pike knife' by an uncle and by the age of twelve he has been convicted of attempted murder. A huge bestseller in Lilin's current home country, Italy, Siberian Education is an extraordinary snapshot of a violent world.