Original title: Closeness Director: Kantemir Balagov Screenplay: Kantemir Balagov, Anton Yarush Director of Photography: Artem Emelianov Producer: Eduard Pichugin, Aleksandr Sokurov, Nikolay Yankin Editor: Kantemir Balagov Country: Russia Year of production: 2017 Length (min): 118 Language: Russian, Kabardian Subtitles: Czech, English Sales: Wild Bunch Section: Nová Evropa
An Orthodox Jewish family gets a message that their youngest son and his fiancée have been kidnapped. The ransom is so steep that they must sell the family business and even go far beyond that. Kantemir Balagov's debut is set in Russia in the 1990s, dealing with religious prejudices and hatred. The film provoked strong reactions during its premiere in Cannes because of its allegedly authentic shots of violence.