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The Humorist

Release date NZ: 19 / 03 / 2020
Release date AUS: TBC

Written and directed by: Michael Idov
Producers: Artem Vasilyev, Andrey Saveliev
Director of Photography: Alexander Šurkala
Composer: David Mason
Editor: Michal Lánský

Aleksey Agranovich
Yuri Kolokolnikov
Alisa Khazanova
Pavel Ilyin
Artem Volobuev
Vilma Kutavičiūtė

“In the midst of the collapsing USSR, the favourite stand-up comedian of the regime begins challenging censorship”

The year is 1984, and Boris Arkadiev, a fictional Soviet stand-up comedian, is unraveling under the weight of fame, censorship, KGB "patronage," and his own insecurities. Finally, the comedian snaps and - armed with the exotic American notion of "insult humor" - takes his revenge.

“Idov’s exceptionally clever dialogue is matched with a sharp understanding of structure, culminating in a terrific bathhouse scene with more than casual nods not just to “Julius Caesar” but to the whole fall of the Roman Empire.” - Jay Weissberg (Variety)