Dir. Kantemir Balagov | 118 min
Narrative Russia 2017 RussianKabardian with English subtitles Mid-Atlantic Premiere
Saturday, May 58:40 PM E Street Cinema
Tuesday, May 87:15 PM AFI Silver Theatre
In this controversial Cannes award-winner set in the small Russian town of Nalchik, a Jewish family’s ties fray when son David and his fiancé Lea are kidnapped.
First-time director Kantemir Balagov harkens back to the Russia of his youth—one shaped by the Chechen wars—aiming his camera on the family’s daughter, Ilana, a rebellious tomboy chaffing against traditional family structure. While her parents turn to the Jewish community for help, she seeks solace with her Kabardian boyfriend.
–Note adapted from the International Film Festival Rotterdam
Includes disturbing footage from the Dagestan massacre
Co-presented by Sephardic Heritage International DC (SHIN DC)
- Best Film & Best Actress
2017, Lisbon & Sintra Film Festival
- Best Debut Full-Length Film
2017, Sochi Open Russia Film Festival
- Best Actress
2018, Festival Premiers Plans Angers
- Golden Anchor Award
2017, Haifa International Film Festival
This event finished on May 9, 2018.