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.
- Special Jury Mention (Official Selection - Competition) - Karlovy Vary IFF
- Best Director - Filmfestival Cottbus
- Denis Vlasenko
- Anna Slyu
- Danil Steklov
- Pavel Chinarev
- Vilma Kutavičiútë
- Ivan I. Tverdovskiy
- Denis Alarcón Ramirez
- Ivan I. Tverdovskiy
- Kirill Richter
- NEW EUROPE FILM SALES
- NEW PEOPLE FILM COMPANY
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.
With his twisted imagination, Tverdovskiy gives his errant mother the attributes of a femme fatale.
The most powerful moments, however, involve the emotional gulf between mother and son, and the latter’s heart-breaking need for human connection.
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.