The Fool is a movie about a simple plumber. An honest man, he is up against an entire system of corrupted bureaucrats. At stake are the lives of 800 inhabitants of an old dorm that is at risk of collapsing within the span of the night.
Everyone knows everyone else in the tiny village. An elderly herdsman, Vasilich, devotes all his time to taking care of a doe-eyed cow named Candy; lonely Granny Zina curses the government; married women glance enviously at other women’s husbands; and the local inventor, Vanya, entertains the children with his ingenious devices.
Gifted Russian director Alexey Uchitel (The Edge) returns to the Festival with this explosive crime drama about the violent rivalry that erupts when an elite police operative falls for a gangster’s moll.
Summer 1982, Leningrad. Jerome and Carole are waiting in line to go through the customs service in order to enter the USSR. They are cousins and both are eighteen. One could have mistaken them for a perfect couple of tourists in love, but for a coat too warm for the season, and a streaming sweat on Jerome’s face.
We wish for a lot of things, but what is it that we really want? Masha is about to discover this – on New Year’s Eve she gets hold of a magic bird willing to make her seven dearest wishes come true. Masha sets out to find her dream and goes through a multitude of magic transformations! But will the life she’s been dreaming about make her happy?
What if one day you make a mistake that destroys your life? Would you be ready to take the consequences, even if they ruin the happiness of your family? Would you be ready to kill somebody just to hide this mistake?
Inna is single, pretty, successful and cheerful. She is a typical new Russian comfortable middle class young woman, working as a manager at a Moscow restaurant where she is surrounded with respect and love of her colleagues. Apart from that, she has a very special person in her life - her 6-year-old son Mitya. The little boy is the centre of her universe, her best friend and ally.
We are all human and we all have something to worry about. What worries us is always individual, different in importance, scale and meaning. Some problems occupy our minds only for a couple of minutes, others take up all of our time, absorbing all our thoughts and wishes, sometimes it is hard to think of something else, practically impossible, till you find somebody to talk to...
Big cities are full of lonely people.
Whatever he was doing in his turbulent Moscow student life, he always dreamed of the Northern Sea. Whenever she went poaching at the sea side, like all her friends, she was dreaming of the high sky and the impossible love. When the summer came he decided to break away from Moscow to breathe the fresh salty air of the sea. That’s when they met. That’s when they fell in love.