Heart's Boomerang

  • 96'
  • Russia
  • 2011
In the opening scene, Kostya (23) is confronted with bad news: the doctor tells him that he is suffering from incurable heart disease. In theory, he could drop dead at any moment. Kostya then proceeds to share the news with no one. Not even with his mother, who seems so close. Not with the colleague he shares his metro journey with every day. And not with his girlfriend, with whom he has a difficult relationship.
What is Kostya really going through? Is he trying to come to terms with his ticking time bomb? Is he reflecting on the radically changed meaning of his life?
Russian director Nikolay Khomeriki builds up the mystery around Kostya's psychological state subtly and patiently. The picturesque black-and-white photography of St Petersburg in winter is by Shandor Berkeshi (Koktebel), whose camera remains at a distance and hence gives the viewer plenty of space to penetrate Kostya's soul.
Director
Nikolay Khomeriki
Country of production
Russia
Production Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
96'
Medium
35mm
Original title
Serdca bumerang
Language
Russian
Producer
Svetlana Kuchmaeva
Production Company
Valday
Sales
Valday
Screenplay
Nikolay Khomeriki, Alexander Radionov
Cinematography
Shandor Berkeshi
Editor
Ivan Lebedev
Production Design
Denis Bauer
Sound Design
Boris Voit, Nikita Ganjkin
Cast
Renata Litvinova, Alexander Yatsenko