Russia's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008), Audience award, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2008 ; Best music, Nika awards, 2008 ; Best actor, Best Actor, Sergey Garmash, Nika awards, 2007.
Consigned to a makeshift jury room, one by one each man takes center stage to confront, connect, and confess while the accused awaits a verdict and revisits his heartbreaking journey through war in flashbacks.12/Nikita Mikhalkov; Vladimir Moiseenko; Aleksandr Novotot︠s︡kiĭ; Sergeĭ Makovet︠s︡kiĭ; Sergeĭ Garmash; Valentin Gaft; Alekseĭ Petrenko; I︠U︡riĭ Stoi︠a︡nov; Sergeĭ Gazarov; Mikhail Efremov; Alekseĭ Gorbunov; Sergeĭ Art︠s︡ibashev; Viktor Verzhbit︠s︡kiĭ; Roman Madi︠a︡nov; Aleksandr Artëmovich Adabashʹi︠a︡n; Ėduard Artemʹev; Sony Pictures Classics (Firm); Studii︠a︡ "TRITĖ."; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Firm);; Culver City, Calif.
As the deliberation grows increasingly tense, a racist Russian cabbie (Sergei Garmash) attempts to sway the vote of a well-dressed television producer (Yuri Stoyanov) by staging a vivid recreation of a gruesome murder scene; an elderly Jewish man (Valentin Gaft) recovers the nightmares of the Holocaust; and a Caucasus surgeon (Sergei Gazarov) is pushed over the edge by a hateful rant about the brutishness of Chechens.
Later, after one soft-spoken juror (Sergei Makovetsky) wins the jury over with a heartfelt monologue about intemperance and redemption, the volatile group struggles to settle on a final verdict.
The movie received mixed critical opinion in Russia and abroad.