A gritty thriller based on actual events, CARGO 200 is set in 1984 provincial Russia, where the gloom of Soviet life has reached extreme depths. Balabanov presents an unremittingly dark and unflinching portrait of the decline of the Soviet era. The title refers to the Soviet term for military corpses returning from Afghanistan.
Winner of a White Elephant Award at the Russian Guild of Film Critics 2007: Best Film
Winner of an Award at the Gijón International Film Festival 2007: Best Director
Winner of an Award at the Association of Polish Filmmakers Critics Awards 2008: Best Foreign Film
Winner of a KNF Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival 2008: Aleksey Balabanov
Nominated to 3 White Elephant Awards at the Russian Guild of Film Critics 2007: Best Director (Aleksey Balabanov); Best Screenplay (Aleksey Balabanov); and, Best Supporting Actor (Aleksey Serebryakov )
Nominated to the Grand Prix Asturias at the Gijón International Film Festival 2007: Best Feature
Nominated to 4 Nika Awards 2008: Best Director (Aleksey Balabanov); Best Film; Best Supporting Actor (Aleksey Serebryakov); and, Best Sound (Mikhail Nikolaev)