When Ivan, a Russian writer, goes abroad implausible adventures change his life. Although he sets out for Birmingham, England, Ivan winds up in Birmingham, Alabama. The hilarious encounters of a Russian in the South begin: Southern Gothic meets Russian Madness.
Unaware of the error, Ivan intrudes on an Alabama family that mistakes him for its own estranged, mentally-ill relative. From there, Ivan finds himself on the street, his suitcase and wallet stolen. Unsure where to go, Ivan searches for the famous British writer, Jeremy White, finding instead, Jeremy White, an unemployed and illiterate older black man, who is a former latrine digger... Before Ivan discovers that he is in Alabama, he is jailed, appears on the FBI's Most Wanted list, and nearly suffocates in a landfill. How does Anna, an attractive and successful television reporter, help him clear his name and collect a million dollars?
Bringing a continually fresh and dynamic voice to the film community as a whole, director Yuri Shapochka is excited to be filming this feature on location in Birmingham, Alabama with a talented cast including the legendary, Oscar winning actress Patricia Neal. Ms. Neal will be playing the role of Ivan's real Aunt living in England, so looking forward to her nephew's arrival. Cinematography by David Brower.