Koktebel

Koktebel

After his wife dies and he loses his job, an engineer sets off from Moscow with his 11-year-old son to his sister’s house in Koktebel, by the Black Sea. With no money or means of transportation, they drift through the expansive, mesmerizing landscapes at the mercy of chance. The father is content to drag his feet, stopping occasionally for the odd job to raise money while the son impatiently dreams of reaching the costal resort to see gliders fly in the wind.
For the father, the journey is an attempt to restore self-respect, to piece together his broken life and win back the trust of his son. For the boy, the mythic costal town holds the key to a new life and emancipation. They come across many hurdles but the last encounter is with a beautiful young doctor who tends to the father’s wounds. Since she is single and lonely they begin to fall for one another. The son sees her as an intrusion in the only loving relationship in his life and sets off to complete the journey alone.

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.

Aleksey Popogrebsky - Biography
Aleksey Popogrebsky was born in 1972 in Moscow into a family of screenwriters. He graduated from Moscow State University with a degree in psychology and in 1994 teamed up with his friend Boris Khlebnikov to make several short films and their debut feature, Koktebel (2003), produced by Roman Borisevich. The film screened at Cannes and in the Berlinale Forum, among other festivals, and received a number of awards. This experience led Popogrebsky, Khlebnikov and Borisevich
to found the Koktebel independent production company. Since then, Popogrebsky has directed Simple Things (2007) and How I Ended This Summer (2010), which screened in competition at the Berlinale, where leads Grigory Dobrygin and Sergey Puskepalis won the Silver Bear for Best
Actor and Pavel Kostomarov the Best Cinematography prize.

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