Cantemir Of Balakov

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CANNES (France), may 27. /TASS/. The film by Russian Director Cantemir Balagova “Distress” was awarded the prize of the International Federation of film critics FIPRESCI. The decision was announced on Saturday, the jury headed by American film critic Alice Simon. At the 70th annual Cannes film festival the film involved in the program “Special look” – the second largest competition. “Distress” is the debut feature film of 26-year-old Balagula, who is a disciple of Alexander Sokurov.

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The film is set in 1998 in Nalchik . In the center of the plot – the story of a local Jewish family. According to Balagula, the film is based on a story he heard from his father, and then from the witnesses. “In the late 90s in Nalchik kidnap a young man and his bride, Jews by nationality, and demand a huge ransom family – he shared with TASS. – So huge that the family has to sell the business and seek the assistance of the Jewish Diaspora”.

“The theme is very important for the multinational North Caucasus, but it is not reflected in the movie – believes Balakov. We tried to show the life of the Jewish community in Nalchik, to show the difference in mentality Russian, Caucasian, Jewish.”

Overcrowding, according to the Director, it’s “when you filled yourself, when the soul is not enough space for another person”. “On the other hand, the tightness is excessive closeness in the family, on one patch of land you’re everywhere come across other people with their opinions, rules, laws, you do not have enough air, freedom – shared of Balakov. “I tried to make the audience absolutely everything was a sense of distress: light, sound, mounting to the inside of the frame was closely”, he said.

In competition FIPRESCI jury called the film “120 BPM” (120 battements par minute) by French Director Robin, Campillo. The winners of the main competition in Cannes will be announced on Sunday.