Tesnota

  • 118'
  • Russia
  • 2017

The ties of a Jewish family in the Russian town of Nalchik in 1998 are in danger of being torn apart when son David and his fiancée Lea are kidnapped after a night on the town. In this directing debut, Kantemir Balagov, who followed a film course set up by Alexander Sokurov, does not investigate the mechanisms of the kidnapping, but the emotional toll that the family pays, alongside a considerable ransom.

With footage shot in close 4:3 frames, Balagov mainly points his camera at the daughter, Ilana, a rebellious tomboy who is trying to fight her way out of the traditional family structure. While her parents cling to the Jewish community for help, she seeks solace with her Kabardian boyfriend. Ilana surreptitiously navigates between these conflicting ethnic groups. In this way, Balagov provides an intimate and personal picture of the Russia of his childhood, when the mood in the country was shaped by the Chechen wars. 

As part of Critics’ Choice, the screening of Fri 26 Jan, 17:00 will be preceded by a video essay by David Verduere

Director
Kantemir Balagov
Country of production
Russia
Year
2017
Festival Edition
IFFR 2018
Length
118'
Medium
DCP
International title
Closeness
Language
Russian
Producers
Nikolay Yankin, Alexander Sokurov
Production Companies
Lenfilm Studios, Example Of Intonation
Sales
Wild Bunch
Screenplay
Anton Yarush, Kantemir Balagov
Cinematography
Artem Yemelyanov
Editor
Kantemir Balagov
Production Design
Alexey Paderin
Sound Design
Andrey Nikitin
Cast
Darya Zhovner, Olga Dragunova, Artem Tsypin, Nazir Zhukov, Veniamin Kats
Local Distributor
Contact Film

Programme IFFR 2018

Bright Future

A selection of discoveries for the future. Emerging talent with original subject matter and an individual style. Includes the Bright Future Competition for first feature films.

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