The Student

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    The Student

    Uchenik

    Directed by

    Russia

    2016

    118 min

    • Russian

    Drama

    Cannes IFF - Un Certain RegardKarlovy 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.

    Awards

    • 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

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Petr Skvortsov
    Aleksandr Gorchilin
    Aleksandra Revenko
    Victoria Isakova
    Julia Aug
    Svetlana Bragarnik
    Anton Vasiliev
    Irina Rudnitskaya
    Screenplay
    Kirill Serebrennikov
    Cinematography
    Vladislav Opelyants
    Editing
    Yury Karikh
    Music
    Ilya Demutsky
    Sales
    WIDE MANAGEMENT
    Production
    HYPE FILM

    Press

    A universally relevant examination of religious zealotry and, at the same time, a damning, satirical look at modern Russia.

    Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter

    As aesthetically kinetic as it is intellectually rigorous.

    Guy Lodge, Variety

    Commanding and fascinating.

    Sarah Ward, Screen Daily

    Kirill Serebrennikov

    Kirill Serebrennikov

    Russia

    Kirill Serebrennikov was born on September 7, 1969 in Rostov-na-Donu, Rostovskaya oblast, RSFSR, USSR as Kirill Semenovich Serebrennikov. He is a director and writer, known for BETRAYAL (2012) and PLAYING THE VICTIM (2006). His 2016 feature THE STUDENT was selected for Un Certain Regard in Cannes.