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ROADS TO KOKTEBEL

Russia, 2004 (MIFF 2004, FedEx International Panorama)

Director: Boris Khlebnikov

Roads to Koktebel (Koktebel) Russia Selected in Critic's Week at Cannes this year as the FIPRESCI Revelation of 2003, this emotionally engaging road movie, full of magical and arresting visuals, has won awards at international Film Festivals including Karlovy Vary and Moscow.

After the death of his wife, and soon after losing his apartment, a man takes heavily to drink. Deciding that Moscow holds no future for him he leaves the city and, together with his eight-year-old son, travels throughout Russia and the Ukraine on a search for redemption. Journeying on foot and by train, the two lost souls are pulled in different directions as they form their own desires and aspirations; the son has heard wondrous tales of gliders in the remote town of Koktebel, while the father wishes to stay with a country doctor with whom he has fallen in love.

'[Roads to Koktebel is] gracefully composed and moving' arresting visuals and [a] spaced-out, dreamy atmosphere' recall 70s Terrence Malick [Badlands] in the use of long-shot vista and nature close-ups, sparse musical arrangements and the alternation between movement and becalmed quietude''Variety

D/S Boris Khlebnikov, Aleksei Popogrebsky P Roman Borisevich WS Celluloid Dreams L Russian w/English subtitles TD 35mm/Col/2003/105mins

Boris Khlebnikov's films include: Mimochod (1999, short, co-dir), Tricky Frog (2000, short).

Aleksei Popogrebsky's films include: Mimochod (1999, short, co-dir).

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