Thu 28 Nov

The Humorist + Q&A

Cert. tbc

Festivals & Series

Russian Film Week

100 mins

in Russian with EN subs

Czech Republic / Latvia / Russia | 2019 | dir. Mikhail Idov, with Yuriy Kolokolnikov, Aleksey Agranovich, Alisa Khazanova, Polina Aug | cert. 16

The Humorist is a film about a week in the life of Boris Arkadiev, a fictional Soviet stand-up comedian. Boris is tormented not only by external oppression and censorship but also by his own insecurities that poison all his relationships. Fame, combined with lack of personal freedom, is driving him crazy — especially when the same people who dictate what he can and can’t joke about keep summoning Arkadiev to their villas and saunas as a kind of court jester. Finally, the comedian snaps and — armed with the exotic American notion of “insult humor” — takes his revenge.

Followed by a Q&A with director Mikhail Idov

See also Meeting Gorbachev

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