Free Floating

Free Floating

Twenty-year-old Lionya lives in a small town on the Volga, where each day is like the previous one. After the factory where Lionya had only just found work closes down, he starts selling shoes at the local market then tries to become a plasterer. But he quickly loses interest in each new job, and becomes a frequent visitor at the local job centre. Until he’s given a chance for self-fulfillment and to act like truly independent man, along with the hope to save himself from the distressing routine of the Russian province.

Boris Khlebnikov - Biography
Screenwriter-director Boris Khlebnikov, born in Moscow in 1972, began studying biology at the University of Moscow but quickly abandoned science, to graduate in screenwriting and film criticism from VGIK. While still a student, he made the documentary Passing By (1994) with Aleksey Popogrebsky, with whom he also co-directed their debut feature Roads to Koktebel, presented at the Moscow and Karlovy Vary film festivals and in International Critics’ Week at Cannes. The film’s huge success prompted Khlebnikov to found the celebrated Koktebel production company, with Popgrebsky and producer Roman Borisevich. Free Floating, presented in the Horizons section of the Venice Film Festival, is his first solo film as director and was followed by Help Gone Mad, which screened in the Berlinale Forum, and the episode “Shame” of the collective film Crush.

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