V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Tesnota

V' 17

Tesnota

Closeness

Kantemir Balagov
RUS, 2017
Fiction, 118min, OmeU

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Tesnota

Kantemir Balagov
RUS, 2017
Fiction, 118min, OmeU

Actors: 
Darya Zhovner
Ilana
Olga Dragunova
Adina
Artem Tsypin
Avi
Nazir Zhukov
Zalim
Veniamin Kats
David
Screenplay: 
Kantemir Balagov
Anton Yarush
Sound: 
Andrey Nikitin
Camera: 
Artem Emeliano
Editor: 
Kantemir Balagov
Decoration: 
Alexey Paderin

Production: 
Example of Intonation (Alexander Sokurov's Fund)
Lenfilm Studios
World Sales: 
Wild Bunch
Format: 
DCP
Color

A Jewish family in Nalchik in Northern Caucasus, celebrates the engagement of the son David to a local Jewish girl. The tone is merry, but one family member seems more ambivalent. Ilana, David’s tomboy, selfdetermined sister, who works alongside their mechanic father is curiously removed from the event and uncomfortably feminized in a dress insisted on by her stern mother. The family’s general stability is abruptly overturned, when David and his fiancee are kidnapped and a ruinous ransom is issued. While the Jewish community rally round, the decision is made that most of their charity must go to secure the return of the fiancee. Increasingly desperate, Ilana’s parents make a deal whereby a local Jewish family will supply the rest of the ransom if Ilana marries their son. (Jessica Kiang)

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