Archive of films House Arrest / Delo

Russia
2021, 106 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2021

When David, a university professor, accuses the local mayor of corruption via social media, the response isn’t long in coming. David is sentenced on trumped-up charges and finds himself under house arrest. This meticulously paced film offers an uncompromising criticism of the political situation in Russia and holds a mirror up to the Covid era. Merab Ninidze excels in the lead role of this biting political satire.


Synopsis

When university professor David accuses the local mayor of corruption via social media, the response isn’t long in coming. David is sentenced on trumped-up charges and finds himself under house arrest. Unlike the earlier films by this outstanding Russian director, Alexey German Jr.’s first film to be shown at Cannes is a modest production characterized by an absence of visual opulence, but this approach amplifies its depiction of the given situation and allows us to delve deeper into the mind of the main character. German’s meticulously paced film can be seen as an uncompromising criticism of the political situation in Russia and as a mirror held up to the Covid era. Merab Ninidze excels in this political satire about one man’s struggle against the system and the difficulty of preserving one’s moral integrity in today’s Russia.

Lenka Tyrpáková

About the director

Alexey German Jr. (1976, Leningrad, USSR). Selected filmography: The Last Train (Posledniy poezd, 2003), Paper Soldier (Bumazhniy soldat, 2008), Under Electric Clouds (Pod elektricheskimi oblakami, 2015), Dovlatov (2018), The House Arrest (Delo, 2021).​​

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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
   
Director: Alexey German Jr.
Screenplay: Alexey German Jr., Maria Ogneva
Dir. of Photography: Ivan Burlakov
Editor: Vladimir Moss
Art Director: Elena Okopnaya
Producer: Artem Vasilyev
Production: Metrafilms
Coproduction: Outrageous Film Company, All Media (a START Company), LM Media
Cast: Merab Ninidze, Roza Khairullina
Sales: mk2 Films
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