Films

Closeness

Closeness, "Tesnota"

Synopsis

Director

„Closeness“ marks the striking directorial debut of Kantemir Balagov, who uses a ­real-life kidnapping incident to depict how intimate relationships within a close-knit community are impacted.

1998, Nalchik, the North Caucasus, Russia. 24-year-old Ilana works in her father’s garage to help him make ends meet. One evening, her extended family and friends gather to celebrate the engagement of her younger brother David. Later that night, the young couple is kidnapped, and a ransom demand delivered. In this close-knit Jewish enclave, involving the police is out of the question. How will the family raise the money to save David? Ilana and her parents, each in their own way, will go as far as necessary, whatever the risks to themselves…

Powered by a passionate performance by Darya Zhovner and bold direction by Kantemir Balagov, „Closeness“ announces the arrival of two new names in global cinema. Balagov studied under master director Alexander Sokurov, but has carved his own unique path with this film that won the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes (Un Certain Regard).




Kantemir Balagov

(b. 1991, Nalchik, Russia) majored in Economics at University of Stavropol and transferred to the University of Nalchik 2011, where Alexander Sokurov had just founded a film department. Balagov made his first 40-minute film „Still Young“ in 2013, followed by short doc „Andyukha“ (2014) about a young man coming down with schizophrenia. „Closeness“ is his first dramatic feature, and won the Critics’ Prize in the Un Certain Regard sidebar at Cannes.

Filmography

  • Tesnota (Closeness, 2017)

Schedule

27.11.2017
17:45 - 19:43
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 2
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 110901
Sold out
03.12.2017
16:30 - 18:28
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 3
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 171001
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Panorama

Film info

Country: Russia
Year: 2017
Duration: 118 minutes
Language: Russian
Director: Kantemir Balagov
Producer: Nikolay Yankin
Writers: Anton Yarush, Kantemir Balagov
DOP: Artem Yemelyanov
Montage: Kantemir Balagov
Cast:  Darya Zhovner, Olga Dragunova, Artem Tsypin, Nazir Zhukov, Veniamin Kats
Productions: Alexander Sokurov's Fund, Example of Intonation, Lenfilm
Distributor: Mandarinebe Film
Festivals: Cannes (FIPRESCI Award), Munich, Melbourne, Telluride, Chicago

Synopsis

Director

„Closeness“ marks the striking directorial debut of Kantemir Balagov, who uses a ­real-life kidnapping incident to depict how intimate relationships within a close-knit community are impacted.

1998, Nalchik, the North Caucasus, Russia. 24-year-old Ilana works in her father’s garage to help him make ends meet. One evening, her extended family and friends gather to celebrate the engagement of her younger brother David. Later that night, the young couple is kidnapped, and a ransom demand delivered. In this close-knit Jewish enclave, involving the police is out of the question. How will the family raise the money to save David? Ilana and her parents, each in their own way, will go as far as necessary, whatever the risks to themselves…

Powered by a passionate performance by Darya Zhovner and bold direction by Kantemir Balagov, „Closeness“ announces the arrival of two new names in global cinema. Balagov studied under master director Alexander Sokurov, but has carved his own unique path with this film that won the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes (Un Certain Regard).




Kantemir Balagov

(b. 1991, Nalchik, Russia) majored in Economics at University of Stavropol and transferred to the University of Nalchik 2011, where Alexander Sokurov had just founded a film department. Balagov made his first 40-minute film „Still Young“ in 2013, followed by short doc „Andyukha“ (2014) about a young man coming down with schizophrenia. „Closeness“ is his first dramatic feature, and won the Critics’ Prize in the Un Certain Regard sidebar at Cannes.

Filmography

  • Tesnota (Closeness, 2017)