Kind and lazy Jenya comes to Moscow from small village in Belarus for earnings… Criminal incident unexpectedly separates Jenya from companions and leaves him alone without money and documents. He has no friends or relatives in this big and hostile city and he is about to end as a homeless bum… But suddenly a miracle happens with Jenya: a strange old man brought homeless Jenya to his flat and let him stay. Soon Jenya is invited to join a strange fight the old man is engaged in: a fight against evil, that spoils life in Moscow. Jenya willingly participates in the old man’s undertakings, until he meets the old man’s daughter who reveals Jenya a horrible truth of her father. —IMDb
Boris KHLEBNIKOV (1972, Moscow) studied biology for two years at the Moscow State Pedagogical Institute before (at a second attempt) he was admitted to the VGIK. During his studies at this famous film academy he made, together with Aleksey Popogrebsky, a 20 minute short called Passing By (1994). His feature directing debut, Roads to Koktebel (2003), was also in collaboration with Popogrebsky. This film was awarded the special FIPRESCI debut prize at the 25th Moscow IFF in 2003. Free Floating is his second feature.
Mimokhod/Passing By (1994, short, co-dir) Cunning Frog (2001, short), Black Snow (2002, TV, 15 episodes), Koktebel/Roads to Koktebel (2003, co-dir), Svobodnoe plavanie/Free Floating (2006) —IFFR
While relying on subtle humor throughout, the relation and events of those two men sure has its moments as they set out to rescue the wife of a corrupt police officer in their neighborhood. Or when the old man sees a docu on philosophers statues (head on pillars) with no genitals. The old man grows concerned and starts to bake male genitals in bread form, then moves out in the neighbourhood to decorate local statues.