With his trumpet, hamster and a good mood, Anton Kuznetsov tours Eastern Europe as Antoha MC, a Russian hipster one-man band with a happy message. His positive music for party audiences features great beats, personal raps and colourful trumpet solos. At home, where Putin is trying to constrain rap, not everyone understands his good intentions. Heel-and-Toe opens with a confrontation between Anton and two Russian cops who were tipped some ‘Muslim’ was stirring up trouble.

This intimate documentary portrait features no interviews, voice-overs or talking heads. Instead, the filmmakers follow Kuznetsov on tour while the subdued artist develops from a modest cult figure into a rising superstar. This pleasant road movie takes us to clubs, festivals, lodgings, music studios and dressing rooms, propelled by the joy of touring, despite Anton concluding that the best thing about travel is being able to go home again in the end.

Original title
Pyatka-nosok
Filmmaker
Maxim Tomash
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Russia
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
77’
Language
Russian
Producer
Pavel Karykhalin
Production Company
Stereotactic
Sales
Stereotactic
Cinematography
Maxim Tomash, Vlad Fishez, Aleksej Kurbatov
Editor
Maxim Tomash, Polina Tomash
Sound Design
Stanislav Paushev
Music
Antoha MC