Closeness (Tesnota)

dir. Kantemir Bałagow, Russia 2017, 118’, narrative feature, competition

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…

Festivals, Awards: Cannes IFF 2017 - FIPRESCI Award, MFF New Horizons 2017, Haifa IFF 2017 Montréal Festival of New Cinema 2017, Sochi Open Russian Film Festival 2017 - Best Debut, Prize of the Guild of Russian Film Scholars and Film Critics

Language: Russian, Kabardian. Subtitles: Polish.


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