Malkovich wraps up role as old Siberian mobster

September 24, 2011 - 6:40 AM

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — John Malkovich says his latest role as a Siberian mobster exiled by Russian authorities to a little-known corner of Eastern Europe was a delightful experience.

The actor told reporters that the movie, "Siberian Education," shows an aspect of criminal life that many viewers are unaware of and that is slowly becoming extinct.

The action is set in Trans-Dniester, a pro-Russia separatist republic between Moldova and Ukraine, though filming of the U.S.-Italian production took place in Lithuania.

Malkovich plays Kuzya, an old mobster who mentors his grandson on how to be an honorable crook in a community of Russian recividists.

Filming in Lithuania wrapped up this week.