Films

Arrhythmia

Arrhythmia, "Arrithmia"

Synopsis

Director

Oleg is a young gifted paramedic. His wife Katya works as a nurse at the hospital emergency department. She loves Oleg, but is fed up with him caring more about patients than her. She tells him she wants a divorce.

The new head of Oleg’s EMA department is a cold-hearted manager who’s got new strict rules to implement. Oleg couldn’t care less about the rules – he’s got lives to save; his attitude gets him in trouble with the new boss. The crisis at work coincides with the personal life crisis.

Caught up between their patients, alcohol-fueled off-shifts, and an evolving health care system, Oleg and Katya have to find the binding force that will keep them together.


"One of the most intriguing directors on the Russian scene today, Boris Khlebnikov here affirms his ability to paint a faithful picture of a specific environment. Though with a certain measure of hyperbole, he nevertheless also demonstrates benevolence and understanding in his portrayal of the dilemmas and emotions of his heroes. With a precise directorial style the filmmaker presents a study of a relationship experiencing an arrhythmia similar to that affecting the hearts of the patients Oleg treats in his ambulance. The film boasts a fine performance from Khlebnikov’s cast regular Alexander Yatsenko, superbly supported by the dazzling Irina Gorbacheva in the role of Katya."

Lenka Tyrpáková, Karlovy Vary Film Festival




Boris Khlebnikov

(b. 1972, Moscow) took a course in film studies at VGIK. He gave his debut with the internationally successful „Roads to Koktebel“ (PÖFF 2003, co-dir. Alexey Popogrebsky), his next film, „Free Floating“ (2006), shown in Venice’s Orizzonti section, earned him Best Director at Kinotavr in Sochi, Best Film from the Russian Guild of Film Critics, and Best Film at the Warsaw IFF. „Help Gone Mad“ (2009) received its premiere in Berlin’s Forum and, four years later, the director returned to the Berlinale with „A Long and Happy Life“ (2013), this time screened in competition. „Arrythmia“ is Khlebnikov’s sixth full-length feature.

Filmography

  • Koktebel (Koktebel, PÖFF 2003)
  • Svobodnoe plavanie (Free Floating, 2006)
  • Sumasshedshaya pomoshch (Help Gone Mad, 2009)
  • Poka noch ne razluchit (Till Night Do Us Part, 2012)
  • Dolgaya schastlivaya zhizn (A Long and Happy Life, 2013)
  • Arrithmia (Arrhythmia, 2017)

Schedule

19.11.2017
20:15 - 22:11
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 3
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 031003
Sold out
01.12.2017
21:00 - 22:56
Tallinn, 
Kino Sõprus
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 151703
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Panorama

Film info

Countries: Russia, Finland, Germany
Year: 2016
Duration: 116 minutes
Language: Russian
Director: Boris Khlebnikov
Producers: Ruben Dishdishyan, Sergey Selyanov, Natalia Drozd, Aleksi Hyvärinen, Toni Valla, Eva Blondiau
Writers: Boris Khlebnikov, Natalia Meshchaninova
DOP: Alisher Khamidkhodzhaev
Montage: Ivan Lebedev, Yulia Batalova
Cast: Alexander Yatsenko, Irina Gorbacheva
Productions: Mars Media Entertainment, CTB Film Company, Don Films, Post Control, Color of May
Distributor: CTB Film Company
Festivals: Sochi (Grand Prize, Best Actor - Aleksandr Yatsenko), Karlovy Vary (Best Actor - Aleksandr Yatsenko), Toronto, Zurich, Hamburg, Chicago

Synopsis

Director

Oleg is a young gifted paramedic. His wife Katya works as a nurse at the hospital emergency department. She loves Oleg, but is fed up with him caring more about patients than her. She tells him she wants a divorce.

The new head of Oleg’s EMA department is a cold-hearted manager who’s got new strict rules to implement. Oleg couldn’t care less about the rules – he’s got lives to save; his attitude gets him in trouble with the new boss. The crisis at work coincides with the personal life crisis.

Caught up between their patients, alcohol-fueled off-shifts, and an evolving health care system, Oleg and Katya have to find the binding force that will keep them together.


"One of the most intriguing directors on the Russian scene today, Boris Khlebnikov here affirms his ability to paint a faithful picture of a specific environment. Though with a certain measure of hyperbole, he nevertheless also demonstrates benevolence and understanding in his portrayal of the dilemmas and emotions of his heroes. With a precise directorial style the filmmaker presents a study of a relationship experiencing an arrhythmia similar to that affecting the hearts of the patients Oleg treats in his ambulance. The film boasts a fine performance from Khlebnikov’s cast regular Alexander Yatsenko, superbly supported by the dazzling Irina Gorbacheva in the role of Katya."

Lenka Tyrpáková, Karlovy Vary Film Festival




Boris Khlebnikov

(b. 1972, Moscow) took a course in film studies at VGIK. He gave his debut with the internationally successful „Roads to Koktebel“ (PÖFF 2003, co-dir. Alexey Popogrebsky), his next film, „Free Floating“ (2006), shown in Venice’s Orizzonti section, earned him Best Director at Kinotavr in Sochi, Best Film from the Russian Guild of Film Critics, and Best Film at the Warsaw IFF. „Help Gone Mad“ (2009) received its premiere in Berlin’s Forum and, four years later, the director returned to the Berlinale with „A Long and Happy Life“ (2013), this time screened in competition. „Arrythmia“ is Khlebnikov’s sixth full-length feature.

Filmography

  • Koktebel (Koktebel, PÖFF 2003)
  • Svobodnoe plavanie (Free Floating, 2006)
  • Sumasshedshaya pomoshch (Help Gone Mad, 2009)
  • Poka noch ne razluchit (Till Night Do Us Part, 2012)
  • Dolgaya schastlivaya zhizn (A Long and Happy Life, 2013)
  • Arrithmia (Arrhythmia, 2017)