Arrhythmia

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    Arrhythmia

    Directed by

    Russia, Finland, Germany

    2017

    116 min

    • Russian

    Drama

    Toronto IFF - Contemporary World Cinema

    Oleg is a young gifted paramedic. His wife Katya works at the hospital emergency department. She loves Oleg, but is fed up with him caring more about patients than her. She tells him she wants a divorce. The new head of Oleg's EMA substation is a cold-hearted manager who's got new strict rules to implement. Oleg couldn't care less about the rules - he's got lives to save. His attitude gets him in trouble with the new boss. The crisis at work coincides with the personal life crisis. Caught between emergency calls, alcohol-fueled off-shifts, and search for a meaning in life, Oleg and Katya have to find the binding force that keeps them together.

    Awards

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    • Best Actor - Karlovy Vary IFF
    • Best Film, Best Actor - Sochi FF
    • Audience Choice Grand Prix, Best Actor - Sakhalin IFF
    • International Ecumenical Award - Jameson CineFest - Miskolc IFF
    • Bronze Star - El Gouna FF
    • Best Actor - Karlovy Vary IFF / Bronze Star - El Gouna FF
    • FIPRESCI Award - Eurasia IFF
    • Hamburg Producers’ Award for European Cinema Co-Productions - Filmfest Hambourg
    • Special Mention of the Jury (Aleksandr Yatsenko), Critics’ Award - Arras Days
    • Press Award - Les Arcs EFF
    • Best Feature Film - Trieste FF

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    Credits

    Cast
    Alexander Yatsenko
    Irina Gorbacheva
    Screenplay
    Natalia Meshchaninova
    Boris Khlebnikov
    Cinematography
    Alisher Khamidkhodzhaev
    Editing
    Ivan Lebedev
    Yulia Batalova

    Director's Statement

    Nowadays in our modern world, a person gets more and more involved into a public life, politics, charity, ecology, Putin, opposition, Ukraine, ISIL, Trump, crisis and other worldwide processes. Enormous number of people sit for days in social networks trying to make sense out of the today’s world and reply the questions that have no answers for.

    I think that exactly at this time, when people are being shredded into atoms by colossal information load, it is important to talk about a person who is busy solely with their own life issues, and in a very detailed way busy with the lives (physical ones) of other people. The importance of the world’s events is not important for our character. The important things for him is – a matter of life or death. Now or never. Him or nobody.

    There is a certain trend in our modern world to be hooked on common ıssues at any tıme. And for many people such an addiction ends with furious comments on social networks. And then they feel that their duty is sort of fulfilled.

    But there also a very important thing which is called a start from yourself.

    This is why it is very important for me to tell how people can now change the world selectively . By their own means and without gathering into friendly crowds.

    I am interested in a person who is keen to understand and make something important not worldwide, not on country’s television screens – but in their own profession, in their own life.

    And whatever difficulties they could be having, and whatever horrible and unsolvable a problem would seem, eventually everything gets resolved. And often, in their own favor.

    For me this is the flip side of how people surrender themselves to despair massively from any bad news. For me this story is about a very difficult life and hard work. The story of a human being not falling down as opposed to what one might expect but keeping on living their own life.

    And this is the main reason why it was important for me to make this film.

    Production
    MARS MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT
    Production
    CTB FILM COMPANY
    Sales
    INDIE SALES

    Press

    A “Blue Valentine”-meets-“ER”-style competition title more remarkable for its lightness of touch than for its social comment or despairing self-examination.

    Jessica Kiang, Variety

    Boris Khlebinov's compelling, engagingly acted new drama takes a failing marriage into the emergency room.

    Jessica Kiang, Variety

    A film that has the bright look and brisk pace of a comedy, but the visceral emotional kick of a serious art house drama.

    Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

    This high-quality soapy melodrama boasts the kind of gutsy performances and universal themes that could stir up theatrical interest beyond the festival circuit.

    Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

    Boris Khlebnikov

    Boris Khlebnikov

    Russia

    Born in Moscow in USSR in 1972, he graduated in film theory at the All-Russian State University of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1997. In the same year he co-directed his first documentary PASSING BY with Alexej Popogrebski. His second film, the short TRICKY FROG was completed in 2000. He collaborated with Popogrebski again in 2003 on his first full-length feature film ROADS TO KOKTEBEL which screened at the Berlinale Forum in 2004. His film HELP GONE MAD screened in Berlinale Forum too. His film A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE premiered at Berlinale official competition. His film ARRHYTHMIA premiered in Karlovy Vary IFF, where it won the Best Actor Award.

    Selected Filmography