"'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)
Creditsdirector: 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 infodialogue: Russian
subtitles: Dutch/Eng subt.
Kantemir Balagov (1991): Pervyy Ya (2014, short), Andryukha (2015, short), Molodoy eschyo (2015, short), Tesnota (2017).
Technical Specsformat: DCP