Don Juan

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    Don Juan

    Directed by

    Finland, Sweden

    2015

    92 min

    • Russian

    Documentary

    In a startling as well as both pleasant and unpleasant documentary we meet 22-year-old Oleg who lives with his mother Marina in Nizhny Novgorod. Marina is outspoken in her opinion that Oleg does’t live up to her expectations of how a real man should be and thinks he is an autistic loafer. Aiming to set up a better life for him and make him more “normal,” she signs him up for a number of treatments—the one more unconventional and surprising than the last.

    Awards

    • Dragon Award for Best Nordic Documentary - Göteborg FF
    • Best Feature-Length Documentary - IDFA
    • My Generation Award - ZagrebDox
    • Best Actor (Oleg Maximov) (Baltic Gaze) - Vilnius IFF
    • Special Mention - Docaviv IDFF
    • Silver Abricot (International Documentary Competition) - Yerevan IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cinematography
    Wojciech Staron
    Editing
    Jakub Sladkowski
    Agnieszka Bojanowska
    Music
    Timo Hietala

    Director's Statement

    Making Don Juan has been an adventure all the way long. Oleg, kind of, took us for a ride through the complicity of his existence. We just followed him on his first steps of the trip to the emotional adolescence. Did we leave him happy? Probably not, but, we believe, he made a first dive into the world of feelings other than fear. It is our hope that, with the help of his new friends, he will stay there for good.

    Sales
    CAT&DOCS
    Production
    GINESTRA FILM

    Press

    An unusual, perceptive, slightly off-beat.

    Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily

    The Sweden-Finland co-production will land numerous festival berths after its triumphant IDFA bow.

    Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

    Jerzy Sladkowski

    Jerzy Sladkowski

    Poland

    Jerzy Sladkowski was born in Poland in 1945 and immigrated to Sweden in 1983. Since then, he has worked as a freelance director and producer making over forty documentaries. He is the recipient of numerous prizes including the European Film Award for VENDETTA (1995), the IDA Award for SWEDISH TANGO (1999), the Golden Dove for VODKA FACTORY (2010). His latest film, DON JUAN (2015), was awarded Best Feature-Length Documentary at IDFA.

    Selected Filmography