THE STUDENT- Opening in SF, Chicago and more
This award-winning film was a selection of last year’s Cannes Film Festival and based on a play by German playwright Marius von Mayenburg.
Writer and Director: Kirill Serebrennikov
Based on the play “Martyr” by: Marius von Mayenburg
OFFICIAL SELECTION: CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2016 (UN CERTAIN REGARD)
After Venya’s mother receives a call from school reporting her son’s refusal to participate in mixed swimming lessons, she first suspects her teenager of being shy and derides his claim that it is “against his religion.” As Venya is finally exempted by the school’s devout principal, he grows confident that his strict and rigorous study of the Bible gives him the ability to manipulate all forms of authority.
Challenged by a teacher who refuses to consent to his dogma, he sets out to eliminate her and subdue an entire community. At a time when arguments over the teaching of religion in public schools are prominent in the media, this wildly escalating classroom drama — based on a play by German playwright Marius von Mayenburg — serves as a frightening cautionary tale.
Starring: Petr Skvortsov, Aleksandr Gorchilin, Victoria Isakova, Julia Aug
ABOUT UNDER THE MILKY WAY
A Digital Distributor with 13 offices around the world, Under The Milky Way has steadily acquired a slate of critically acclaimed foreign gems for theatrical release in the US. Their most recent acquisitions include Un Certain Regard favorite The Student from Russia, French thriller Made in France, indie rom-com Swim Little Fish Swim and French comedy What’s in a Name?
118 minutes/Drama/Russia / In Russian With Subtitles
THE STUDENT opens in San Francisco (Four Star Theater) on April 21st
Chicago (Facets Cinematheque ) on April 28 with a wider national release to follow.