Sweden / Finland 2015, 92 min, Russian, Hebrew & English subtitles

Oleg, a 22-year-old student in frozen Nizhny Novgorod, is surrounded by relatives and caregivers, all trying to change him. There’s a psychologist, who explains that he has no chance of functioning like a reasonable person; a caregiver, who forces him to ride her like a horse and touch her in embarrassing places; and the “Colonel,” who tells him that Russian women want an aggressive macho man. And then there is his mother, whose extreme mood swings range from embarrassing displays of affection to outbursts of tears, guilt, and rage, which culminate in threats to send him to “the crazy house”. Oleg was diagnosed as autistic, but he is the most judicious of them all. He is introverted but optimistic, always trying to bridge, soften, moderate, and mediate between the strange characters that occupy the world around him.

Previous Festivals: IDFA, Göteborg Film Festival


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Director: Jerzy Sladkowski
Production: Antonio Russo Merenda
Production Company: Ginestra Film
Editing: Agnieszka Bojanowska, Jakub Sladkowski
Cinematography: Wojciech Staron
Music: Timo Hietala
World Sales: Catherine Le Clef (cat@catndocs.com)


Jerzy Sladkowski, born in Poland, studied film and TV at the School of Journalism in Warsaw and worked for TVP in Poland before emigrating to Sweden in 1982. He has produced and directed over 40 films, mostly documentaries for television.