The Student

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The Student (Uchenik)

Directed by Kirill Serebrennikov

  • Russia 2016; 118 min
  • Original version: Russian
  • Genre: Drama
    • Audience Award (Europa) - Biografilm IFF
    • Special Award - Motovun FF
    • Daniel Langlois Innovation Award - FNC Montréal
    • European Composer 2016 - European Film Awards
    • Best Director, Best Actor (Pyotr Skvortsov), Fedeora Award (International) - Belgrade IFF
    • Best Actor Baltic Gaze (Petr Skvortsov) - Vilnius IFF

  • Cannes IFF - Un Certain Regard
    Karlovy Vary IFF



“Those who follow the light have only ever invented darkness”
Robert Desnos

Veniamin, a teenager in the midst of a mystical crisis, has his mother, schoolmates and entire high school turned upside down by his questions.
- Can girls go to their swimming classes in bikinis?
- Does sex education have a place in school?
- Should the theory of evolution be taught as part of the Natural Sciences?
The adults are soon overwhelmed by the certitudes of the youngster who swears only by Scripture. No one but Elena, his biology teacher, will alone challenge him on his own ground.




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