Help Gone Mad

Help Gone Mad

Jenya comes to Moscow from a small village in search of work. As soon as he makes a little money he decides to go home but is robbed of all his possessions. Alone in this big and hostile city, he is about to end up homeless when a strange old man takes him in and invites him to join a strange fight against the evil that is destroying Moscow. Like Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, the two characters draw us into a black comedy that recalls Kaurismaki and Beckett. The cast includes director Nikita Mikhalkov’s daughter, Anna Mikhalkova.

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 productioncompany, 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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