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.
- 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
- Wojciech Staron
- Jakub Sladkowski
- Agnieszka Bojanowska
- Timo Hietala
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.
- GINESTRA FILM
An unusual, perceptive, slightly off-beat.
The Sweden-Finland co-production will land numerous festival berths after its triumphant IDFA bow.
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.