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Archived: Tesnota - Closeness (2017)

director: Kantemir Balagov

With: Darya Zhovner, Veniamin Kats, Olga Dragunova, a.o.

duration: 118 minutes

Official Selection - In Competition

"'Tesnota' is a tough-minded, rigorously composed, quite brilliantly acted story of the challenges of everyday religious prejudice and ethnic divides in the bleak heart of Russia's North Caucasus. Balagov's uncompromising but stylized social realism rewards as much as it punishes. Certainly, there is a fraught and combative relationship with the truth (Alexander Sokurov's producer's credit seems oddly appropriate in this regard). In Balagov's retelling, a grimy little local news story becomes a tale of love across the barricades, in which duty to family and tribe is weighed against the desires of the individual heart. But this is not 'Romeo and Juliet'. There is little pining beneath balconies." (Variety)


director: Kantemir Balagov
producer: Nikolay Yankin, Aleksandr Sokurov, Eduard Pichugin
screenplay: Kantemir Balagov, Anton Yarush
Editor: Kantemir Balagov
Cinematography: Artem Emelianov
sound: Andrey Nikitin

production company: Alexander Sokurov's Fund

More info

dialogue: Russian
subtitles: Dutch/Eng subt.
country: Russia
year: 2017


Kantemir Balagov (1991): Pervyy Ya (2014, short), Andryukha (2015, short), Molodoy eschyo (2015, short), Tesnota (2017).

Technical Specs

format: DCP
frame: 1:1,37


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