A mysterious circus tent in a seaside resort on the Black Sea forms the start and end-all for bizarre stories filled with light-hearted absurdity. A teenage girl lures her sombre Internet friend very reluctantly into the real world. The main threats in this coastal resort come from fanatical boy scouts, deaf kids and gays. A famous actor yearns for a reunion with his son, and in the last part we follow an ambitious producer.
The protagonists want love, friendship, respect and cooperation (the titles of the four parts), but get bogged down in aimless peregrinations that mock their ambitions. For outsiders, their personal tragedies are only comic and banal.
Cheerful despair, surrealist winks and minimalist musical numbers set the tone in a play that is refreshingly different from the average Russian art film. Sergej Loban acquired a cult reputation in Moscow underground culture and won the Russian critics’ prize for his science-fiction film Dust (2005).


Original title
Shapito-shou
Filmmaker
Sergey Loban
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Russia
Year
2011
Medium
DCP
Length
207’
Language
Russian
Producer
Ekaterina Gerasicheva, Alexey Ageev, Mikhail Sinev
Production Company
Organic Films
Sales
Organic Films
Writer
Marina Potapova
Cinematography
Ivan Mamonov, Yevgeni Tsvetkov
Editor
Sergey Loban
Production Design
Alena Kudrevich
Music
Zhak Poliakov
Cast
Alexey Znamenskiy, Pyotr Mamonov