Character: Olga
Original Release: September 18, 1999 (Toronto International Film Festival, Canada)
Directed by: Martha Fiennes
Written by: Peter Ettedgui, Alexander Pushkin, Michael Ignatieff
Produced by: Simon Bosanquet, Ileen Maisel, Ralph Fiennes
Running Time: 106 minutes
Box Office: $206,128 (US)

In the opulent St. Petersburg of the Empire period, Eugene Onegin is a jaded but dashing aristocrat - a man often lacking in empathy, who suffers from restlessness, melancholy and, finally, regret. Through his best friend Lensky, Onegin is introduced to the young Tatiana. A passionate and virtuous girl, she soon falls hopelessly under the spell of the aloof newcomer and professes her love for him.

Cast & Characters

Ralph Fiennes (Onegin), Liv Tyler (Tatyana), Toby Stephens (Lensky), Martin Donovan (Prince Nikitin), Alun Armstrong (Zaretsky), Simon McBurney (Triquet), Harriet Walter (Madame Larina), Jason Watkins (Guillot), Irene Worth (Princess Alina), Gwenllian Davies (Anisia), Margery Withers (Nanya), Geoff McGivern (Andrey Petrovitch), Elizabeth Berrington (Mlle Volkonsky)

Photo Gallery
Filming Locations:
  • St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Frensham Little Pond, Farnham, Surrey, England, UK
  • Northington Grange, New Alresford, Hampshire, England, UK
  • Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK (studio)
  • Alresford, Hampshire, England, UK
  • Also known as 'Eugene Onegin'.
  • Martha Fiennes, the director, Ralph Fiennes, the star and executive director, and Magnus Fiennes, the composer, are all siblings. Additionally, another sister, Sophie Fiennes, Martha's husband, George Tiffin, Ralph's partner, Francesca Annis, and Magnus' wife Maya Fiennes, were all involved in the film.
  • The song played at Tatiana's Naming Day feast - "On the Hills of Manchuria" - could not be played there, as the movie is set in the first half of the 19th century, and the song was written only in 1906 (and named after tragic events of the Russian-Japanese war of 1904-1905 years).
  • Lena Headey performs the song "Gelder Rose in Bloom" written by Isaak Dunayevsky and Julian Hope together with Toby Stephens.
  • After Onegin throws Tatyana's letter onto the fire, the letter switches back and forth between different degrees of burn damage.
  • Ortodox Tatiana's Naming Day is January 26, but it is summertime in the movie.

Memorable Quotes

Olga Larina: You've just taken your own rook.
Vladimir Lensky: Have I?

Awards & Nominations

BAFTA Award - Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film
Camerimage - Golden Frog - Remi Adefarasin
London Critics Circle Film Awards - ALFS Award for British Newcomer of the Year - Martha Fiennes
Russian Guild of Film Critics - Golden Aries as Best Foreign Actress - Liv Tyler
Satellite Award for Best Screenplay, Adapted - Peter Ettedgui, Michael Ignatieff
Tokyo International Film Festival for Best Director - Martha Fiennes
Tokyo International Film Festival - Tokyo Grand Prix - Martha Fiennes