The Man Who Surprised Everyone

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    The Man Who Surprised Everyone

    Tchelovek Kotorij Udivil Vsekh

    Directed by

    Russia, Estonia, France

    2018

    105 min

    • Russian

    Drama

    Egor is a fearless state forest guard in the Siberian Taiga. He is a good family man, respected by his fellow villagers. He and his wife Natalia are expecting a second child. But one day Egor finds out that he has cancer and only two months left to live. No traditional medicine or shamanic magic can save him. Finally, left with no other options, he takes a desperate attempt to trick death. Egor chooses to take the identity of a woman as a way of fighting the disease. His family and the local society now have to accept his new self.

    Awards

    • Best Actress Orizzonti (N. Kudryashova) - Venice IFF
    • Special Mention - El Gouna FF
    • Grand Prix Special Mention - Luxembourg City FF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Evgeniy Tsiganov
    Natalya Kudryashowa
    Yuriy Kuznetsov
    Vasiliy Popov
    Pavel Maykov
    Aleksey Filimonov
    Elena Voronchikhina
    Maksim Vitorgan
    Screenplay
    Natasha Merkulova
    Aleksey Chupov
    Cinematography
    Mart Taniel
    Editing
    Vadim Krasnitsky
    Music
    Andrey Kurchenko
    Production
    ATLANTIC FILM
    Production
    ARIZONA FILMS
    Sales
    PLUTO FILM

    Press

    Natasha Merkulova

    Natasha Merkulova

    Russia

    Natasha Merkulova was born in 1979 in Russia. She graduated from the Irkutsk University and from the High Courses for Scriptwriters and Film Directors of Moscow. She was working as a presenter on Irkutsk television. Her debut feature film INTIMATE PARTS (2013) was critically acclaimed and gained over 30 awards and nominations at various Russian and international film festivals. Her latest feature, THE MAN WHO SURPRISED EVERYONE, is premiering at the Venice Film Festival.

    Aleksey Chupov

    Aleksey Chupov

    Russia

    Alexey Chupov was born in 1973 in Moscow, and graduated from the Moscow State University. He studied Movie History at Wake Forest University in the United States, and started out working as a TV journalist. Together with his wife Natasha Merkulova he wrote and directed the film INTIMATE PARTS (2013). His latest feature, THE MAN WHO SURPRISED EVERYONE (2018), is premiering at the Venice Film Festival.