A harrowing portrait of a love that leads to self-destruction.
Antonina Miliukova is a beautiful and bright young woman born into the aristocracy of 19th-century Russia. She could have anything she wants, yet her only obsession is to marry Pyotr Tchaikovsky, with whom she falls in love from the very moment she hears his music. The only reason the composer will finally accept this union is to put an end to rumors about himself. Feeling no love, and blaming her for his misfortunes and breakdowns, Tchaïkovsky brutally attempts to get rid of his wife. Consumed by her feelings for him, Antonina decides to endure this and do whatever it takes to stay with him. Humiliated, disgraced, and discarded, she is slowly driven to madness.
Meet the director
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.