Jumpman

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    Jumpman

    Podbrosy

    Directed by

    Russia, Lithuania, Ireland, France

    2018

    90 min

    • Russian

    Drama

    An examination of the life of a lonely individual who has been unable to fully integrate himself into society. The director criticises its warped system through the fate of fragile Denis, whom young Oksana put in a baby box when he was an infant. Sixteen years later she steals him away from a children’s home, intent on making amends for her maternal neglect. Denis, however, has no idea of the heavy price to be paid for his mother’s favour: the boy has one unusual quality which luxury-loving Oksana has no qualms about exploiting. With its focused narrative, Tverdovskiy’s drama encourages a metaphorical interpretation and offers a thought-provoking meditation on the ethos of Russian society.

    Awards

    • Special Jury Mention (Official Selection - Competition) - Karlovy Vary IFF
    • Best Director - Filmfestival Cottbus

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Denis Vlasenko
    Anna Slyu
    Danil Steklov
    Pavel Chinarev
    Vilma Kutavičiútë
    Screenplay
    Ivan I. Tverdovskiy
    Cinematography
    Denis Alarcón Ramirez
    Editing
    Ivan I. Tverdovskiy
    Music
    Kirill Richter
    Sales
    NEW EUROPE FILM SALES
    Production
    NEW PEOPLE FILM COMPANY

    Press

    Tverdovsky’s tight, ultra-cynical contemporary Russian fable serves up an alarming portrait of negligent parenting on its surface, while sneaking a damning indictment of pervasive corruption and moral vacuousness in his home country between the lines.

    Peter Debruge, Variety

    With his twisted imagination, Tverdovskiy gives his errant mother the attributes of a femme fatale.

    Demetrios Matheou, Screen Daily

    The most powerful moments, however, involve the emotional gulf between mother and son, and the latter’s heart-breaking need for human connection.

    Demetrios Matheou, Screen Daily

    Ivan I. Tverdovsky

    Ivan I. Tverdovsky

    Russia

    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.

    Selected Filmography