Forest ranger Igor patrols the Siberian woods for poachers. His simple life changes drastically when, after a shooting, he ends up in hospital and proves to have a deadly disease. The doctor gives him two months, at most. 

The Man Who Surprised Everyone is a contemporary version of a Siberian folk tale about a man who cheated Death by impersonating a woman. Igor also decides to live as a woman, but not to fool anyone. He wants the pretending to stop now that he doesn’t have much life left. The support thus far received from the rural population due to his terminal illness dries up fast. Nevertheless, this is about more than just gender. Evgeniy Tsyganov plays Igor with such vulnerability that it's also about bodies breaking down, identity and social status.

Screenings

  • Thu 24 Jan LantarenVenster 6
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  • Sun 27 Jan Pathé 7
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  • Mon 28 Jan LantarenVenster 4
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  • Fri 1 Feb LantarenVenster 6
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Original title
Tchelovek kotorij udivil vseh
Filmmaker
Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov
Country
Russia, Estonia, France
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
105’
Language
Russian
Producer
Katia Filippova
Production Company
Pan Atlantic Studio
Sales
Pluto Film Distribution Network GmbH
Writer
Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov
Cinematography
Mart Taniel
Editor
Vadim Krasnitskiy
Production Design
Sergey Avstrievskikh
Sound Design
Vladimir Pryamov, Aleksandr Fedenyov, Stas Krechkov
Music
Andrey Kurchenko
Cast
Evgeniy Tsyganov, Natalya Kudryashova, Yuriy Kuznetsov, Vasiliy Popov, Pavel Maykov, Aleksey Filimonov, Elena Voronchikhina