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2,971 Ratings

A Russian Youth

Мальчик русский - Malchik russkiy

Directed by Alexander Zolotukhin
Russia, 2019
Drama

Synopsis

A teenage soldier in World War I—a simple village boy with a naive youthful dream of fame and medals—throws himself into the unknown and goes blind in the first battle, thus taking on a new job: intercepting enemy planes by listening to the air through huge metal funnels.

Our take

As seen with Kantemir Balagov, master Aleksandr Sokurov is mentoring a new generation of gifted Russian filmmakers. Intriguingly blending a painterly WWI tale with contemporary orchestra rehearsals, Zolotukhin’s debut is awe-inspiring: at once a film from another era, and a pioneer of something new.

A Russian Youth Directed by Alexander Zolotukhin

Awards & Festivals

Russian Guild of Film Critics

2020 | 2 nominations including: Best Cinematography

2020 | Winner: Best Debut

Seville European Film Festival

2019 | Winner: New Waves Section Special Prize

Fajr Film Festival

2019 | 2 wins including: Golden Simorgh for Best Film

Critics reviews

It captures the evocative poignance of Wilfrid Owen’s poetry especially his keen ear for sound and his instinct for the modulating of rhythm
February 12, 2019
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