After years spent studying at home, disabled Lena is keen to get back to school. The attitude of the teachers in charge of the special needs class, however, soon fills her with cruel disenchantment. Debut director Ivan Tverdovsky avoids embellishment to unfold an entirely credible drama portraying the unequal struggle of the individual in the face of institutional torpor, human prejudice and a society that tries to trip up people who are different.
- East of West Award, FEDEORA Award - Special Mention - Karlovy Vary IFF
- Jury Prize (New Director's Showcase) - Seattle IFF
- Discovery of the Year - Nika Awards
- Best Director, Best Actress (Mariya Poezzhaeva) - Pacific Meridian IFF of Asia Pacific Countries
- Special Jury Prize - Sakhalin IFF
- Best Debut, Prize of the Guild of Russian Film Producers - Sochi Open Russian Film Festival
- Just Film Award - Tallinn Black Nights FF
- Human Values Award, Fischer Audience Award - Thessaloniki IFF
- Maria Poezhaeva
- Filipp Avdeyev
- Nikita Kukushkin
- Artem Markaryan
- Irina Vilkova
- Ivan Tverdovsky
- Fedor Struchev
- Ivan Tverdovsky
- NEW PEOPLE FILM COMPANY
Emotionally powerful, film of enormous social significance
Progressively disturbing but not without moments of humor, joy and grace
Bracing jolt of fresh cinematic blood
Cinema for me is an area of philosophy and artistic statement.
Ivan I. Tverdovsky was born in 1988, in Moscow. In 2011 he graduated from Moscow’s Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). His documentaries have earned honours at Russian and international festivals, among them short AS IF WAITING FOR A BUS (2009), PIANISM (2012), and short SPACE DOG (2013). CORRECTION CLASS (2014), inspired by the novel of the same name by psychologist Ekaterina Murashova, is his feature debut, followed by ZOOLOGY (2016), Special Jury Prize at the Karlovy Vary IFF. His most recent feature film, JUMPMAN, screened in competition at Karlovy Vary IFF 2018.