Gela Chitava, Ruslan Grebenkin, Lyubov Firsova, Cecile Plaigev
Drama, 100 min, CTB Film Company, Russia, 2008
оriginal title SHULTES language Russian
25-year-old Lesha Shultes, a former athlete that had received a serious injury in a car accident, becomes a pickpocket. He lives with his aged mother in a large city. In the mornings he jogs in a park; in the evenings he watches the sports channel on TV. He always buys his groceries at the same store. He doesn’t express his emotions, and none of his acquaintances knows how he makes a living. It is a mystery what is written in the notebook that he carries with him at all times.
His only encounter with human feelings occurs when he finds a video tape of a young woman in the apartment he robbed.... This contact with a stranger’s life leads Shultes to rash decisions.
festivals & awards
Cannes IFF, Directors Fornight (France), Muenchen FF (Germany-International competition), Cinedecouvertes (Belgium), ArtFilm IFF (Slovak Republic) , Montreal FF, section FOCUS ON WORLD CINEMA (Canada), “Kinotavr”FF, Sochi (Russia - Grand Prix), “Molodist” IFF, Kyiv (Ukraine -Grand Prix), Thessaloniki IFF, Independence Day section (Greece) , Honfleur IFF (France), Festival of films from Central and East Europe (France), Pusan IFF (South Korea), London IFF (UK), Estoril IFF, Lisboa (Portugal - Art Cinema Award), Stockholm IFF (Sweden), Tbilisi IFF, (Georgia), Tromso IFF (Norway), Rotterdam IFF, section “Bright Future” (The Netherlands), Belgrade IFF, section “Europe out of Europe”, (Serbia), Febiofest (Czech Republic), CPH:PIX (Denmark), Minneapolis IFF (USA), Russian Film Symposium at the University of Pittsburg (USA), Russian Cinema week in Hamburg (Germany), Premiers Plan Film Festival (France), Mexico FICCO (Mexico), Lille 3000 (France), I’Alternativa Barselona Independent FF (Spain -Competition)