- 2 hr 39 min
A jury is called to decide the fate of a young Chechen boy accused of murdering his stepfather, an officer within Russia's military. While the boy is initially considered guilty, one juror votes for an acquittal. Because the verdict must be unanimous, the jurors review the case, with each member concluding that the child was framed for the crime. As the jurors discuss, argue, and debate, the film is interspersed with flashbacks of the boy's dangerous childhood. The foreman, a former intelligence officer for the government, concludes the discussion by stating that even if the boy did not commit the crime, he would not acquit the child of charges. He claims that if let go, the boy would just be executed by the same individuals who framed him to begin with. After another argument, the foreman acquiesces, later explaining to the boy that he would track down the criminals. "12" is a Russian crime film from 2007. It has a total running time of 159 minutes and features Nikita Mikhalkov as its director, co-producer, co-writer, and star. It is available in both Russian and Chechen and is distributed by TriTe pictures. It was also nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.