Tchelovek kotorij udivil vseh

The Man Who Surprised Everyone

A man dying of cancer in a poor Siberian village risks everything for a last-ditch cure that will surprise most audiences, for sure. Like the folk tale it supposedly updates, @The Man Who Surprised Everyone@ is equal parts delightful, horrifying and thought-provoking, reaching deep into the characters’ psyches to expose their ingrained sexual prejudices. Its affecting condemnation of Russian attitudes to homosexuality makes one smart film about gender whose theme is capable of reaching well beyond the Rainbow Community. (Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter)

Director's Biography
Natasha Merkulova and Alexey Chupov
Natasha Merkulova was born in Orenburg, Russia, in 1979, and attended the High Courses for Scriptwriters and Film Directors of Moscow. Alexey Chupov was born in Moscow in 1973, graduated from Moscow State University, and studied film history at Wake Forest University in the U.S. Together they directed the award-winning debut “Intimate Parts“ in 2013. “The Man Who Surprised Everyone“ is their second feature.

Film Selection: Tchelovek kotorij udivil vseh (The Man Who Surprised Everyone, 2018, Merkulova & Chupov) - Sestry (Sisters, 2016, short, Merkulova) - Lestnitsa Rodchenko (Rodchenko's Stairs, 2015, short, Merkulova) - Intimnye mesta (Intimate Parts, 2013, Merkulova & Chupov)

CROSSING EUROPE Award - Best Fiction Film 2019
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2019: CROSSING EUROPE Award - Best Fiction Film
Competition Fiction 2019
Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov
Russia / Estonia / France 2018
105 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov
Cinematography Mart Taniel
Editing Vadim Krasnitsky
Sound/Sounddesign Vladimir Pryamov, Aleksandr Fedenyov, Stas Kreckov
Music Andrey Kurchenko
With Evgeniy Tsyganov, Natalya Kudryashowa, Yuriy Kuznetsov, Vasiliy Popov, Pavel Maykov, Aleksey Filimonov, Elena Voronchikhina, Maksim Vitorgan
Producer(s) Katia Filippova, Katrin Kissa, Alexander Rodnyansky, Guillaume de Seille
Pan-Atlantic Studio, Homeless Bob Production, Non-Stop Production, Arizona Productions
World Sales
Pluto Film
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Venice Film Festival 2018
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Venice International Film Festival 2018

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere