The Man Who Surprised Everyone + Q&A with Aleksey Chupov, Natalya Merkulova

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Vue Cinema London - Piccadilly

19 Lower Regent Street

London

SW1Y 4LR

United Kingdom

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Egor, a fearless state forest guard living in the Siberian Taiga, lives a happy life with his wife and children.

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Directed by Aleksey Chupov, Natalya Merkulova

Narrative Film/ Russia/ 105 mins

Strand: Absurdities/ In Competition

English Premiere

Screening: Saturday 21st September 18:30 | Monday 23rd September 15:45

Reviews

Though it opens as something of a standard of grim Russian social realism, THE MAN WHO SURPRISED EVERYONE is a film set to fulfil its own title’s ambition - stop reading here if you’d like to experience that same shock. Based loosely on a Russian legend, the film’s protagonist decides that in order to avoid death - after being failed by modern medicine - he must turn to more arcane means. His solution is to dress and live as a woman, hoping death will miss him as he reaps the souls of the living.

But Egor (an excellent, multi-faceted performance from Yevgeni Tsyganov) then falls foul to a villain greater than any cancer - the rampant bigotry of his countrymen, who abnegate and abuse him for his decision. The true quality of the film is found in this merging of mythic sensibility and contemporary pertinence. Merkulova and Chupov then coat this framing with slow cinema, arthouse sheen - the pacing is deliberate and the tone meditative. THE MAN WHO SURPRISED EVERYONE remains grounded throughout, treating its subjects with appropriate gravity. A new gem of contemporary Russian cinema, not to be missed. / Reviewed by Milo Garner

Credits:

Director: Natasha Merkulova & Aleksey Chupov

Writer: Natasha Merkulova & Aleksey Chupov

Producer: Katia Filippova

Executive Producer: Katia Filippova

Cast: Evgeniy Tsyganov, Natalya Kudryashova

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Vue Cinema London - Piccadilly

19 Lower Regent Street

London

SW1Y 4LR

United Kingdom

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