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House Arrest Unclassified 18+

Director: Alexey German Jr
Origin: Russia (2021)
Language: Russian with English subtitles
Genre: Drama Themes: Auteur, Cannes

A satirical, modern-day David-and-Goliath tale that presents a persuasive case for citizens’ responsibility to fight for the future.

Angered by the racketeering of his local government, middle-aged university professor David speaks out. He wants authorities to investigate the mayor; instead, they accuse him of embezzlement and swiftly place him under house arrest. But this just proves David’s point, and he’s not about to back down now. As press and social media interest in David’s case grows, so, too, does the state surveillance – and its heavy-handed, dodgy dealings.

With this acerbically witty Un Certain Regard selection, award-winning director Alexey German Jr (Under Electric Clouds, MIFF 2015) makes a scathingly potent comment about contemporary Russia – and, indeed, the world. The film, a passion project of German’s for many years, both draws inspiration from and pays homage to several of his country’s literary greats, primarily Nikolai Gogol, Alexander Griboyedov and Fyodor Dostoevsky. In telling this very 21st-century story of an individual standing his ground and defending his beliefs, German has crafted an emphatic rallying cry for our times.

“Incisive [and] nuanced … A timely critique.” – Hollywood Reporter

In Cinema

Fri 13 Aug 3:45 pm [16040]
House Arrest (106 mins)
Kino 1
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
Fri 20 Aug 6:30 pm [16411]
House Arrest (106 mins)
Kino 1
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
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Key Cast
Alexander Pal, Anna Mikhalkova, Merab Ninidze, Roza Khairullina
Director
Alexey German Jr
Producers
Georgy Shabanov, Ilja Zofin, Louri Stepanov
Screenwriters
Alexey German Jr, Maria Ogneva
Cinematographer
Ivan Burlakov
Composer
Andrey Sarutdinov
Editor
Vladimir Moss
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Format
Digital
Company Credit
World Sales: mk2

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