Film - CineRebels Competition Filmfest 2022


Directed by Kirill Serebrennikov


Director: Kirill Serebrennikov
Section: CineRebels Competition
Country: Germany, France, Russia, Switzerland
Year: 2021
Language: Russian
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Semyon Serzin, Chulpan Khamatova, Yuri Kolokolnikov, Alexander Ilin, Vladislav Semiletkov


An artistically outstanding, murderously surreal fever dream of a sick Russia.

A flu-ridden family in post-Soviet Russia goes about its daily routine, complete with its extraordinary secrets. The husband turns everyday moments into wonderfully strange Japanese comics. His estranged wife prefers things a bit more destructive and develops a penchant for killing unpleasant people. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg when Kirill Serebrennikov uses anarchistic fantasy to deconstruct his socially and morally bankrupt homeland. In the process, the critical director blurs not only the boundaries between reality and fantasy; the past and the present also merge when characters and the audience alike lose themselves in intoxicating imagery.

Meet the director


Kirill Serebrennikov

Kirill Serebrennikov is a Russian theater, opera, and film director. He has staged productions at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg and the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, among others. He has also staged productions in German-speaking countries, including at the Vienna State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera, and the Komische Oper in Berlin. His films have been shown at prestigious festivals such as Cannes, Venice, and Karlovy Vary. THE STUDENT (2016) premiered at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section and later received the François Chalais Prize. LETO (2018) was screened in competition at Cannes and made the “Cahiers du Cinema” list of the best films of the year. Kirill Serebrennikov was artistic director of the Gogol Center in Moscow from 2012 to 2021. Long under house arrest in his home country, he now lives in exile in Berlin.


Screenplay: Kirill Serebrennikov
Original Material: Alexey Salnikov
Director of Photography: Vladislav Opelyants
Film Editor: Yury Karih
Composer: Aydar Salahov, Dmitriy Zhuk, Andrey Polyakov
Production Designer: Vladislav Ogay
Costume Design: Tatyana Dolmatovskaya
Sound: Boris Voyt
Sound design: Igor Tarasov
Make-up artist: Maria Tutukina
Producer: Ilya Stewart, Murad Osmann, Pavel Burya
Production Company: Hype Film
Executive producer: Natalia Frolova
Co-Producer: Ilya Dzhincharadze, Elizaveta Chalenko, Olivier Père, Rémi Burah, Roman Paul, Gerhard Meixner, Dan Wechsler, Jamal Zeinal-Zade, Andreas Roald, Pierre Mazars, Eric Tavitian
Co-Production Company: Razor Film Produktion GmbH, Logical Pictures, Bord Cadre Films
World Sales: Charades
Distributor: Farbfilm Verleih GmbH