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Directed by Boris Khlebnikov

  • Russia, Finland, Germany 2017; 116 min
  • Original version: Russian
  • Genre: Drama
    • Best Actor - Karlovy Vary IFF
    • Best Film, Best Actor - Sochi FF
    • Bronze Star - El Gouna FF
    • Press Award - Les Arcs EFF
    • Best Feature Film - Trieste FF

  • Toronto IFF - Contemporary World Cinema

  • From the director of THREE MINUTES OF SILENCE presented at Berlinale Co-Production Market


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.

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.






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