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TCHELOVEK KOTORIJ UDIVIL VSEH / The Man Who Surprised Everyone

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)

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)

Competition Fiction 2019

Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov

Russia / Estonia / France 2018
105 minutes

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Pan-Atlantic Studio, Homeless Bob Production, Non-Stop Production, Arizona Productions
World Sales

Pluto Film

Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Venice International Film Festival 2018

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere

CROSSING EUROPE Award - Best Fiction Film 2019
€ 10.000,- powered by Linz Kultur & Land Oberösterreich / Kultur