Archive of films The Bull / Byk

Russia
2019, 99 min

Section: East of the West - Competition

  4D4 Monday 1/7 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
  5L2 Tuesday 2/7 13:30 Lazne III Cinema
  7H1 Thursday 4/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre

Gang leader Anton Bykov, known as the Bull, ends up at the police station after a scuffle with a rival criminal group. He only manages to avoid prison thanks to the intervention of a feared mafia boss, who nevertheless asks him to pull off a risky job in return. A taut feature debut from one-time ballet dancer Boris Akopov, surprising for its maturity and compulsive dynamism.


Synopsis

At the end of the 1990s Russia is finding it tough to get back on its feet after the breakup of the USSR – the country is ravaged by economic and moral decay, a fact reflected in the proliferation of local criminal gangs. The leader of one such group, a young guy known as the Bull, ends up at the police station after a scuffle with a rival mob. He only manages to avoid prison thanks to the intervention of a feared mafia boss, who nevertheless asks him to pull off a risky job in return. Former ballet dancer and graduate of VGIK Boris Akopov offers up an exceptionally mature feature debut, a taut drama whose energetic soundtrack, compulsive narrative rhythm and raw performances faithfully capture the hostile spirit of post-Soviet Russia.

Natalia Neudačina

About the director

Boris Akopov. Filmography: Paradise (Raj, 2016, short), The Bull (Byk, 2019)

Contacts

VGIK - Debut
Wilhelm Pieck 3, 129 226, Moscow
Russia
Tel: +7 499 143 9289
E-mail: vgik-debut@mail.ru

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About the film

Color, DCP
International premiere

Section: East of the West - Competition
   
Director: Boris Akopov
Screenplay: Boris Akopov
Dir. of Photography: Gleb Filatov
Music: Boris Akopov, Anton Bulle
Editor: Boris Akopov
Art Director: Nikita Evglevsky
Producer: Fedor Popov, Vladimir Malyshev
Production: VGIK – Debut
Cast: Yuri Borisov, Stasya Miloslavskaya
Contact: VGIK - Debut

Guests

Boris Akopov

Film Director

Fedor Popov

Producer


Yuri Borisov

Actor

Lala Rustamova

Creative Producer


Victoriia Leshenko

Executive Producer

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