Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival

Films

Official Selection - In Competition

Crew:

Director: Kantemir Balagov
Screenplay: Anton Yarush, Kantemir Balagov
DOP: Artem Yemelyanov Production: Example of Intonation - Alexander Sokurov Fund, Lenfilm

Closeness

A film by Kantemir Balagov

Back
1998, Nalchik, the North Caucasus, Russia. 24-year-old Ilana works in her father’s garage to help him make ends meet. One evening, her extended family and friends gather to celebrate the engagement of her younger brother David. Later that night, the young couple is kidnapped, and a ransom demand delivered. In this close-knit Jewish enclave, involving the police is out of the question. How will the family raise the money to save David? Ilana and her parents, each in their own way, will go as far as necessary, whatever the risks to themselves…
  • Cast:

    Darya Zhovner, Olga Dragunova, Artem Tsypin, Nazir Zhukov, Veniamin Kats
  • Original Title:

    Tesnota
  • Country:

    Russia
  • Year:

    2017
  • 118'

Crew:

Director: Kantemir Balagov
Screenplay: Anton Yarush, Kantemir Balagov
DOP: Artem Yemelyanov Production: Example of Intonation - Alexander Sokurov Fund, Lenfilm

Schedule

Cinema Medeia Monumental Sala 1

Portuguese and English subtitles
BUY

Centro Cultural Olga Cadaval Auditório Jorge Sampaio

Portuguese and English subtitles
BUY

Cinema Medeia Monumental Sala 1

Winner TAP Revelation Award
Actress Olga Dragunova in Closeness
BUY

Cinema Medeia Monumental Sala 1

"Jaeger-LeCoultre" Best Film Award 
BUY

Director

Kantemir Balagov

Kantemir Balagov (Nalchik, 1991) completed, in 2015, his Directing studies under Alexandr Sokurov at the Kabardino-Balkarian State University. To date, he has helmed the short films Molodoï echtchio (Still Young, 2013) and Pervyjja (First I, 2015) and the documentary short Andyukha (2014). Tesnota, his first feature film, was presented in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes, where it received the FIPRESCI Prize.

Director's statement

“Cinema is about movement: inside and outside. The movement of a story,  and its characters… the movement of sound and image. This movement is about absolutely all its components, and it should never stop. Everything should keep moving to let the film take its course. This is the most important thing I learned during this work.” (Kantemir Balagov, director)
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