Destination Moscow

Destination Moscow (2003) is a fiction film by Nordisk Film AS and Jo Strømgren Kompani.

According to the company the film is about the following:

"A provincial theatre troupe in the former Soviet Union has ambitions of performing in Moscow. A sugar-smuggling pact with the mafia was supposed to make their dream come true, but endless circles in muddy outskirts are starting to raise doubts about the deal. Time has come for radical decisions and serious sacrifices."


(Objekt ID 26124)
Object type Production
Premiere August 2003
Produced by
Coproducers Jo Strømgren Kompani
Audience Adults, Youth
Language Italian, Russian and Gibberish
Subtitles Norwegian and English
Keywords Movie, Comedy
Running period August 2003  
Duration 80 minutes

Jo Strømgren Kompani writes the following about Destination Moscow:

"Destination Moscow was filmed entirely on location in Russia and Lithuania, to a large extent in previously forbidden areas. A combination of authenticity and deliberate play on preconceptions of the homo sovieticus, along with cascades of nonsensical language, quickly gave the film a cult status among moviegoers.

Reviews differed from excellent to insultingly bad and some movie theatres even refused to show the film. The ambition was rather unusual for the Norwegian film industry - to produce a road movie with a Chekhovian dramaturgy, inspired by European B-movies from the 1970es where car chases definitively keep the speed limits.

Unusual it was also for international distributors with the everlasting need for translated dubbing. But how can you dub nonsensical language? The overall outcome was a film with a longer life than the mainstream blockbuster, and with a reputation that has become somewhat of a reference, even to those who have never seen it.

The film was the first collaboration of director/scriptwriter duo Runar Hodne and Jo Strømgren, initiated and produced by the renowned company Nordisk Film."


Jo Strømgren Kompani,, 05.01.2012

Performance dates
August 2003 Worldwide premiere