The Bull (2019) by Boris Akopov



With Russian Turn Kino, BOZAR invites you to explore the rich and uncompromising world of independent Russian cinema. 

In recent years, Russian cinema has earned an important place on the international scene, with its films often selected at European film festivals. Yet apart from the works of great directors such as Andrei Zvyagintsev and Aleksander Sokurov, few contemporary Russian films make it to our screens.

The Russian Turn Kino screenings explore the rich and uncompromising world of independent Russian cinema, with all its paradoxes and contradictions, offering a better understanding of this country that is both near and far, fundamentally European, but which we seem unable to grasp. The films in this selection will cast light on the Russian political and social landscape by focusing on individual stories. The screenings will be held in the presence of Russian film specialists and directors. Discover the three films of this selection.

The Bull - Boris Akopov

The young leader of the criminal group Anton Bykov, nicknamed "the Bull", is forced to earn by any possible means to provide for his family. He gets to the police station from where he is rescued by someone of the Moscow authorities…

Boris Akopov was born in 1985 in Moscow. At the age of 8 he was admitted to the Moscow Academy of Choreography, after graduating he worked in several theatres. In 2010 he got a job as a Director of editing on Moscow television. In 2011 he entered the VGIK, the workshop of A. A. Eshpay and V. A. Fenchenko. His short film Paradise received the prize for best Director at the international student festival VGIK, as well as a special mention of the jury chaired by Krzysztof Zanussi. In 2019, his debut film The Bull received the Grand-Prix and prize for Best Cinematography at the Kinotavr.

Watch the film on May 26, 2020 between 5:00 p.m. and 11:59 p.m., using the code: RTK2020.

Heel-and-Toe – Maxim Tomash

Clouds, a trumpet, a road trip… This road movie follows Anton Kuznetsov, alias Antoha MC, during his concert tour through Eastern Europe. His journey starts when he gets arrested by the police in the yard of his own house. One summer, one year or one friendship. Small stations from Vologda to Nizhny Novgorod, from a Russian EDM festival to an architecture exhibition in Kiev. Everything that made dozens, if not hundreds of thousands of people feel inspired with the art of this gawky, always smiling guy with a heavy backpack is not said out loud, but you can still feel it in each frame. Honesty, natural charisma, and kindness make Antoha MC not only the new hero of the music industry, but also a person, who is the main hero of this film.

Maxim Tomash is a Saint-Petersburg born, Moscow based director and cinematographer. His earlier life showed promise as a professional skier but was cut short by a broken leg from a car accident. After this, he started filming snowboard and extreme sports. His sensibilities as a filmmaker matured as he became less interested in the tricks and stunts of the stars and more interested in their day-to-day lives, with all its mundanity, magic, and authenticity. Heel-and-Toe is his first feature-length documentary.

Watch the film on May 27, 2020 between 5:00 p.m. and 11:59 p.m., using the code: RTK2020.

Fidelity - Nigina Sayfullaeva

Suspicion can poison your relationship. When Lena, a young woman in a passionless marriage, reads one of her husband’s text messages, she is convinced he is cheating on her. To get even she actively seeks out affairs, which gets hopelessly out of control. Fidelity is a daring, explicit psychological drama about a woman rediscovering her sexuality and subsequently not being able to stop. Director Nigina Sayfullaeva completely sides with Lena, while the men in the latter’s life seemingly don’t have a clue how to deal with her desires. Her irrational, impulsive actions and the underlying, complex psychology are made wonderfully tangible by actress Evgeniya Gromova.

After gaining her degree in Art History, Nigina Sayfullaeva (1985, Tajikistan) graduated as a director from High Courses for Scriptwriters and Film Directors in Moscow. Preceding her award-winning debut film Name Me (2014), she directed the short film Shipovnik (2011). In 2017, Sayfullaeva co-directed the Russian anthology film About Love, and Fidelity (2019) is her second feature film.

Watch the film on May 28, 2020 between 5:00 p.m. and 11:59 p.m., using the code: RTK2020.

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