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Don Juan

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Year of participation 2016
Program Documentary Competition

Don Juan
Producer(s) Antonio Russo Merenda
Director(s) Jerzy Sladkowski
Script Jerzy Sladkowski
Director of Photography Wojciech Staron
Music by Timo Hietala
Edit Agnieszka Bojanowska, Jakub Sladkowski
Production company(-ies) Ginestra Film AB, Källängsvägen 61, 181 44 Lidingö, Sweden
 

Synopsis

In Don Juan, twenty-two year old Oleg doesn’t live up to his mother Marina’s idea of a real man. She thinks he’s an autistic loafer. He’s enrolled at the University of Nizhny Novgorod and is supposed to be watching online lectures, but his mother says all he actually does is hang around watching TV. Oleg doesn’t have any need for friendships, either. Don Juan raises questions about the distinction between introversion and autism. When will Oleg be allowed to be himself at last? Salvation eventually comes from an unexpected source. This tender, bittersweet tragicomedy about role-playing within both therapeutic theatre games and family dramas, and the interplay between them, is both subtle and aggressive, speaking volumes about the definitions of normality, abnormality and the dynamics of power and love.

Awards
Best Feature-Length Documentary, IDFA, 2015, Best Nordic Documentary, Dragon Award, Göteborg IFF, 2016, My Generation Award, ZagrebDox, 2016

 

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