Netflix's 'To the Lake': Meet Viktoriya Isakova, Kirill Käro and rest of the cast of Russian sci-fi thriller series
‘To the Lake’ is based on the novel ‘Vongozero’ by author Yana Vagner
Television shows and movies are what we have turning during this pandemic to find momentary respite from all the uncertainty and chaos that are thrown at us during this unusual time. If you are in mood for a good thriller, Netflix might have something up its sleeves for you. The Russian series ‘To the Lake’ is a blend of science-fiction and thriller.
One might spot a few eerie resemblances it has with what we are facing right now, thriller ad sci-fi wouldn’t mind binge-watching it over the week. The official description for the show on Netflix reads as: “Facing the end of civilization when a terrifying plague strikes, a group risks their lives, loves – and humanity – in a brutal struggle to survive.” Sounds exciting?
Also, according to Thrillist, ‘To the Lake’ is based on the novel ‘Vongozero’ by author Yana Vagner. It is set in a deserted version of Moscow after it's been wrecked by a foreign virus. It focuses on a man who tries to lead his girlfriend and ex-wife to safety. It originally aired in 2019. This chilling thriller is directed by Nika Award nominee Pavel Kostomarov.
If you are already intrigued by this description, let’s meet some of the cast member of this upcoming show.
When she was 13, she moved to Moscow with her family. After completing her schooling, she enrolled in the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts, and later transferred to the Moscow Art Theatre School. In 1999, she graduated from the Moscow Art Theatre School. She joined the Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre in 2001. She is married to director Yury Moroz. In 2006, Isakova received the award for ‘Best Actress of the Year’ at the Chicago International Film Festival for the film, ‘Tochka’.
After graduating from high school in 1992, Kirill Käro joined a five-year acting course at the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute in Moscow, Russia. He completed his graduation in 1997, and continued to work at the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute under the mentorship of Armen Dzhigarkhanyan. In 1999, he returned to Tallinn and acted at the Russian Theatre for five years, before going back to Moscow to the Praktika Theatre in 2004. He is known for playing George Safronov in ‘Better than Us’, a 2019 Netflix TV series, and as the lead character in the show ‘The Sniffer’.
Viktoriya Agalakova was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, as per IMDb. The actress is known for films such as ‘Mermaid: The Lake of the Dead’ (2018), ‘The Bride’ (2017) and ‘Vratar galaktiki’ (2020).
The other cast members include Aleksandr Robak, Maryana Spivak, Natalya Zemtsova, Aleksandr Yatsenko, Yuri Kuznetsov, Elder Kalimulin and Saveliy Kudryashov.
The trailer gives a peek into a thrilling yet scary scenario. It opens with the image of a few men in gas masks and hazmat suits telling a little girl – who clearly appears to be sick -- to stay calm. As the trailer progresses, we can see a group of people, each dealing with some personal issue, trying to survive and navigate what appears to be a desolated and destroyed town.
The series is scheduled to premiere on October 7, 2020, on Netflix.