30th Haifa International Film Festival
Dir.: Alexandr Veledinskiy
Pro.: Vadim Goryainov, Valeriy Todorovskiy, Leonid Lebedev
Sc.: Alexandr Veledinsky, Rauf Kubaev, Valeriy Todorovskiy
DP.: Vladimir Bashta
Music: Alexei P. Zubarev
Cast: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Elena Lyadova, Aleksandr Robak, Anna Ukolova
Source: Antipode Sales, Moscow
120 min., Russian, Hebrew and English subtitles
Victor Sluzhkin signs on as a teacher of geography in a secondary school in his native Perm (in the Urals) and gets lost in a haze of hard vodka, desperate love for a nymphet-like student and the stress of educating teenagers. Geographer, as the students immediately dub Sluzhkin, attempts to escape from the grueling, dull, stultifying reality of Russia’s provincial life in a rafting tour to the Urals. Accompanied by wild, adventure-seeking adolescents, faced with the numerous grim surprises of the nature, Geographer is poised to find himself and his own truth.
Loosely based on a bestselling novel by Alexyi Ivanov, the teacher is played by Russia’s biggest star - Konstantin Khabensky.
Alexandr Veledinskiy was born in 1959 in Gorky. Veledinskiy graduated from the Gorky Polytechnic Institute and studied screenwriting and direction. His diploma film Just the Two of Us (2001) participated in the Certain Regard section of the Cannes Festival. He is co-author of the popular Russian TV series The Brigade and his directing credits include short films, TV series and two feature films. Geographer won the Best Film, Best Actor and Music awards at the 2013 Open Russian Film Festival "Kinotavr" in Sochi.
Filmography: Alive (2006), It's Russian (2004)