Oleg is heading for his thirties. He works as a paramedic and, after a hard shift, he likes to take a few swigs. His wife Katya is also a doctor, working in the hospital's emergency department. But her patience with Oleg is running thin, so she announces one day that she wants a divorce ... One of the most intriguing filmmakers on the Russian scene today, Boris Khlebnikov returns to the big screen with a meticulous piece of direction. Along with precise performances from the cast, the film examines a relationship experiencing an arrhythmia similar to that affecting the hearts of the patients Oleg treats in his job as a paramedic. (Karlovy Vary International Film Festival)

Director's Biography
Boris Khlebnikov
Born in Moscow in 1972, Boris gave his debut with the internationally successful “Koktebel” (2003). His next film, “Free Floating” (2006), earned him Best Director at Kinotavr in Sochi. “Sumashedshaya pomoshch” (2009) premiered in Berlin’s Forum. In 2010 he was part of the Crossing Europe Tribute to Koktebel film company. In 2013 he returned to Berlinale with “Dolgaya schastlivaya zhizn”, this time in competition.

Film Selection: Aritmiya (Arrhythmia, 2017) — Dolgaya schastlivaya zhizn (A Long And Happy Life, 2013; CE’13) — Till Night Tears Us Apart (2012) — Sumashedshaya pomoshch (Help Gone Mad, 2009; CE’10) — Svobodnoe plavanie (Free Floating, 2006; CE’10) — Koktebel (The Roads To Koktebel, 2003; CE’04)
European Panorama Fiction 2018
Boris Khlebnikov
Russia / Finland / Germany 2017
116 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Natalia Meshchaninova, Natalia Meshchaninova
Cinematography Alisher Khamidkhodzhaev
Editing Ivan Lebedev, Yulia Batalova Sound
Sound/Sounddesign Janne Laine
With Alexander Yatsenko, Irina Gorbacheva, Nikolay Shraiber, Sergey Nasedkin
Producer(s) Ruben Dishdishian, Sergey Selyanov, Natalia Drozd, Aleksi Hyvärinen, Toni Valla, Eva Blondiau
Mars Media Entertainment, CTB Film Company
Austrian Premiere
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2017

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere