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12 days to watch
Competing at Oberhausen
284 Ratings

Syndrome IO

Russia, 2018
Short, Avant-Garde
  • Russian
  • English
Competing at Oberhausen


Three directors portray three characters in Saint Petersburg, their lives full of intensity and aggression. Only violence seems to lead the story and connect one room to another, and in the end even to question the film fiction itself.

Our take

The anxiety and anger of today’s Russian youth are writ large in this short concocted by three young directors. Weaving the lives of lost young people together in a mysterious tapestry both tender and enraged, Syndrome IO is an immeasurably sincere object alive with a multitude of communal feelings.

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Awards & Festivals

Oberhausen International Short Film Festival

2019 | Special Mention: e-flux Prize

2019 | Winner: 2nd Prize of the NRW Competition

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